Conditional Love

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:25
Though it is said that God’s Love is unconditional, it is also so in a limited sense. That is He did not chose some to save nor did His Love require any merit or prerequisite to be act. It did not chose tribe, color, gender, or people; that love did not wait for request to receive the sacrifice. God loved sinners in their worse state and sacrificed so that that sinner would have a second chance to life everlasting. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 that is unconditional love.
However, there is a condition for one to qualify as a candidate for eternal life, for one to be saved. Although His love is given, to all sinners it calls for sinners to respond to this love. The text for today is one of many bible text that tells us we have a role to play; the condition of God’s gift is obedience such that one chooses to be saved or to be lost forever. It is all about exercising our power of choice into the extended heavenly love gesture to us sinners.
There was no condition for Heaven act for the salvation of mankind, there was no condition on our part for Christ to die. Where sacrifice was required to save mankind he made that sacrifice, yet Love expect response. Love is incomplete without response; even when that response is a rejection it must be exercised for Love to be meaningful. That is a true condition of love.
God has been good to us and still is good to us but we cannot take that unconditional love for granted; we must respond favorably for us to benefit from its goodness; then only will the love of God accomplish its purpose. The Lord is therefore good to them that waits for him. Those that seek him will not be rejected or would not require anything except their willing hearts to merit the abundance of his love.
Those who obeyed God and followed his will found themselves in the promised-land but many of them perished in the wilderness. No wonder we are told we cannot serve 2 masters nor can we expect achieve anything good by doing so. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3

By A. Eliamani


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