Saturday, March 18, 2017

Understanding Christ's Love for Us media images
Interesting fact:  the term "unconditional love" appears no where in scripture. Did you know that?  It's not even an actual scriptural term.

 Instead, you will find words like great, wonderful, perfect, redeeming, and everlasting to describe the kind of love that Christ has for us.

The word unconditional is an adjective meaning; not subject to any conditions.  That does not coincide with what I understand about God, His laws, principles.  His love is everlasting and great, but He will always love us, but God does not tolerate any and all behavior.

There is a mistaken impression in the world today that God tolerates and excuses anything we do because His love is "Unconditional" or that God makes no demands upon us because His love is "Unconditional" or we are ALL saved because His love is "Unconditional".

Loving Christ, coming unto Him, and letting our will be swallowed up in His enables us to reach our full potential as children of God, to eventually, become as He is.

  •  This means we have to accept needed correction at times, 
  • Submit to His will
  • Love and serve others
  • Ask "What Lack I Yet?" 
  • Know that just being a good person, isn't enough. We have to be willing to make needed changes in ourselves. 
  • Faith plus action is key

Christ's love for us is such a redeeming love, meaning He wants to make us BETTER, higher, stronger, and greater than even we see ourselves as being.  

See Elder D. Todd Christofferson's talk Abide in My Love