Unconditional love is, in essence, true love — so different from the kind of love most of us have known all our lives that it deserves a definition of its own. Majority of us confuses the types of love we have to offer and that we expect in return. But the love of Our God to Humankind is Unconditional. Unconditional love is caring about the happiness of another person without any thought for what we might get for ourselves. It’s unconditional love when other people care about our happiness unconditionally. Now for me, this is slightly “touchy-feely.” Even dipping into the conversation about love and true love and what is real love can give the impression that we’ve gone all soft and “hippie,” but it’s important for each of us to be aware of when we have experienced unconditional love, and more importantly, how to share it with another individual.
If God loves everybody, what’s so special about the fact that he loves me? Is God’s love for all of us exactly the same, and does that mean there’s nothing individual or unique about our relationship with Him? Is His love for me or us equal or unique? Perhaps these are some of the questions you or someone else is also asking on the back bench. Often in our human attempts to make all things fair, we are tempted to think that God loves us all the same. As good as this may initially sound, same just isn’t big enough. The word same implies that we might be somehow replaceable or interchangeable. Like, “Oh no, I broke one of the purple glasses I bought at Tuskys last week; I hope they still have the same ones in stock.” This doesn’t work for God.
Take a deep breath and listen. God loves us uniquely rather than equally. Believe me, unique is better.
Equal implies God’s love is measured or measurable, and it is neither. It’s infinite. Unique carries so much more depth. There is only one like you! Saint Augustine said it best, “God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.” Our Father’s love cannot be likened to a pan of brownies or a cherry pie that is painstakingly cut by a loving parent into equal portions so that no child feels slighted. His marvelous love is not subject to portion control. Do you understand He loved you before there was a beginning, and His love for you knows no end? You can turn from Him, run away, and make your bed in hell, but your actions will not stop His love. (Seriously though, who’d want to sleep in hell?)
I can tell you something about yourself that even you may not realize. You may be surprised that I know this, but I do, and I want you to understand how I know it. What do you think it is that I know about you? The answer: You are a masterpiece! When God made you, He really did break the mold! There is no other person who is exactly like you! You are an original! Knowing that we are unique should humble us. It should make us realize just how much God loves us. We understand that no two people have the same fingerprint. That blows my mind just to consider that there is no other one in the human population who has the identical pattern that I have or you have. Can you imagine that? even if we are around 7.6 Billion as of the date and no one has your fingerprint.
It doesn’t end there. We are told that one’s DNA is strikingly different as well. No two people have the same identical DNA. God wanted us to be uniquely different, and at the same time, have some of the same characteristics and traits of our parents. This is why when we were born, we may have ended up with our mother’s eyes and our father’s hair. It goes even further as we grow older when we show some of the behavioral characteristics and mannerisms of our parents.
The Book of Psalms is one of my favorite sections of the Bible. This most expressive book, the majority of which was written by David, has some basic truths expressed in a poetic and graceful style. In Psalm 139, he wrote, “I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.” Notice the last phrase in this verse. I think this is worthy of our consideration because this little phrase often gets passed over. There are so many people today who don’t give God and our relationship with Him a second thought. We take so many things for granted in this day and time, and we shouldn’t, especially if we are Christians. With each passing day, we should gain a new appreciation for how He has blessed us.
God did not make us on a mass production line. He took great care in making us who we were meant to be. He had a purpose in mind for us even before we came into being. He knew we would sin and be helpless to live up to His expectations. He knew we would fall. He knew we would fail, but he gave us a chance. Even though we have failed Him, He has provided us with hope and a way back to Him.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3 ESV)
Notice the tense here. It is past. His love is a settled matter. He loved you, the real you, the unique you, with an everlasting, never-ending, it doesn’t matter how old or how young, how thin or how heavy you are kind of love. Our Father does not have the love for you…He is love for you. Our Father’s marvelous love for us is infinite, intimate, and unique. And you are uniquely loved because you were uniquely created. Unique means “without equal or rival.” No photocopy.
David wrote in Psalm 199:3, “Know ye that the Lord is God; it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves. We are his people, and the sheep of his flock.” There are those who have this totally in reverse. They think that God should cater to our every need and provide us with all of our desires. But God has made us for His glory and to serve Him. Paul reminds us in First Corinthians, “For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which belongs to God.” What he is saying here is that we should not abuse what God has given us. Oftentimes we do not use what God has given us in the right way. We mistreat our bodies by smoking, drinking, using drugs, overeating or other things, then we fail to fulfill our greatest potential in our work, morals, and relationships with other people. We know we should not do it, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves just how far the Lord has brought us and where He is leading us.
God uniquely created your DNA and knit your frame in secret so He could surprise the world. He authored how your heart expresses itself. He was the architect of your smile and the melody of your voice. He made all of your features with the fondest thoughts of only you in mind. Our Father rejoiced when you drew your first breath, and as the years unfolded, the angels of heaven rejoiced with Him when you were reborn as His Spirit-quickened daughter.
You may not always feel like a masterpiece. There are times when we feel anything but! Living life here on this planet is not always easy. But the Lord wants us to know how much He loves us and that He is with us even in times of despair. If you feel abandoned today, please know that God is there. He may be just waiting for you to call on Him. Always feel free to pray to Him and ask Him to come into your life and bring new hope, purpose, meaning, and direction. Express your love for Him and promise you will worship and serve Him faithfully.