Unconditional Love. This is a love where there are no limitations and no conditions. It means that whatever you do – even if it is wrong – you are still loved by that person or thing that loves you. I don’t know of any human that is truly capable of loving unconditionally. On earth, the closest, that I can think of, is my dog. It seems that no matter what I do, he still loves me – welcomes me home with kisses, and wants to be with me wherever I go. In fact, have you ever thought about what the word “DOG” is spelled backwards? I cannot help but to wonder if dogs truly show us how to love as God loves us.
In 2 Samuel 7:4-17, God makes a covenant – a promise with David. God has his servant, Nathan to go and tell David: “…I will be a father to him and he shall be a son to me…I will not take my steadfast love from him…” (vv.13-17). God promises to love David unconditionally. And, we can know this for sure because we know the rest of David’s story. He messes up a lot! In fact, he does some really awful stuff. God does punish him, but never stops loving him.
God loves us unconditionally. God not only forgives us, but also forgets. God loves us even when no one else does.
Let us pray, Gracious God, no one on earth can love us the way you love us. We may be forgiven by others for our mistakes, but we hardly are ever capable for forgetting. You not only forgive, but you also forget. Lord, help us to do the right thing always in your name. Amen.