Discover the Depth of God's Unconditional Love

Mark 10:21a Then Jesus beholding him loved him…

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His unconditional love for us! I am so thankful that our text did not read, “Then Jesus beholding him rejected him…” He could have! To truly grasp the ‘why’ of His love is humanly impossible, for we will never be able to comprehend this side of Heaven why He loved us when as yet we were so unlovable. He loves us with an everlasting love. He loved us when as yet we were sinners. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (see 1 Jn 3:1)! I bless His holy name today that when He beheld me, He did not see me where I was, nor did He see me for who I was, but He saw me for who He could make me to be, and where He could take me!

Had He seen me for who I was and where I was, surely He would have left me in the ditch, but He didn’t. As the song writer said, He looked beyond my fault and saw my need. It is reassuring to know that when your own heart condemns you, and when others with self-righteous pious gaze on with judgmental attitudes, Christ looks on with oh such tender care and mercy. It is good to know that when others forsake me, Christ takes me up.

Though the trend of a fallen world is to lust, take, abuse, and hate, let it be known by all that no matter what I may receive at the hands of wicked men, one thing I will never lack in this lifetime is unconditional love. Christ hath secured me in the beloved, and there is nothing that can take that away from me. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Rom. 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If there is one thing I would wish to convince the unbeliever of today, it’s the fact that he or she is loved by God! It is indeed the goodness of God which leads men to repentance, and so when men at last understand that Christ truly does love them unconditionally, it is then that they are drawn with surrendered heart to the Christ of Calvary who so loved them that He gave His life for them. Today, let us tell the world once again of God’s love for them!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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