*Conditions Do Not Apply

asteriskUnconditional love: affection with no limits or conditions, complete love. (Dictionary.com)

God loves you. Unconditionally. Forever, no matter what. You can’t make Him unlove you, ever. I love how the Message Bible translates Psalm 103:12.

As far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins.”

He has wiped them away, given us a fresh start. You don’t need to beat yourself up about a that mistake you made last year. Don’t punish yourself for your past wrong doings. God has completely forgotten about them. He sees you as His pure, perfect child.

Don’t let yourself get caught up in the *conditions apply mindset. The love of God doesn’t come with any catches. He just asks us to trust Him completely and know in our hearts that His plans are always better than ours.

“For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

It doesn’t say “that whoever is perfect,” or “that whoever doesn’t have tattoos and piercings,” “that whoever hasn’t committed a crime,” “that whoever feels worthy.” Because of the Cross, because of the Blood, four nails, a crown of thorns, unimaginable pain, we’re all worthy of His love. Don’t continue to kick yourself for something God forgave you for a long time ago.

Whoever: whatever person, any person at all.

Any person at all.

God loves you, forever and always. To the world, we’re flawed and sinful. To God, we’re perfect, pure, and holy. Just put your life in His hands and trust Him completely, you won’t regret it.

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“… that you may…”

1 Peter 2-9 *I took this down because I wasn’t completely sure about the wording, but I decided that even if it’s not quite right, anyone who reads it prayerfully will understand what I’m trying to say and how I’m trying to share the message I got from God through Louie Giglio.*

Last night before bed, I watched a Louie Giglio sermon entitled “The Weight of Worship,” it was the first part of a series called “That We May.” Louie made a lot of great connections and comparisons in his message, but it would take me forever to even paraphrase them all into this blog post. So, I’ll let you go to the Passion City Church website and check out the message for yourself to get all of that good stuff! I’m instead going to skip right to the title of this post and expand on what Louie outlined in that same message.

1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” The key phrase in that verse is “that you may.” God doesn’t need anything from us, He sent His son to earth to serve us, not to be served by us. Louie used this verse in his message to basically say that it’s a privilage to be people for God, to be His possession. He’s not embarrassed by our sinful tendencies, He’ll always claim us as His children.

Look at it this way: A religious lifestyle tells us that we “should,” “ought to,” or “can” do something. A relationship with Jesus is a “that we may” attitude. The only thing Jesus wants from us is our affection, and even that He doesn’t NEED to give His away. We don’t HAVE to sing His praises, it’s not that we “ought” to spend time alone with Him in prayer, He’s going to love us whether we do or not. It’s the idea that we may spend time with Him and spread the good news of the Gospel to others. I wrapped my notes up with “you don’t have to, but you may,” and that’s the mindset I’m going to live by from now on. It’s a privilage to be in a relationship and be unconditionally loved by the Creator of the universe, not a list of daunting religious rules and guidelines.

“You don’t have to, but you may…”