Unconditional love may be the most impossible thing we can imagine as human beings. It does not make sense. It does not add up. I know some people that will never accept that unconditional love exists; especially in a world like ours that is full of broken promises and shattered dreams. Love is a choice and not a feeling, and transformed people choose to walk in unconditional love every day of their lives. We may not feel like loving all the time, but we must make a conscious decision to walk in love every time. Every time we move with our actions, our feelings will follow. But if we allow our feelings to move us, we may never act on it.
When we see perpetrators of evil in the society, we will do well not to be angry with them. Rather, like Jesus, we must have a sharp sense of compassion and mercy for our society. Many people who allow the devil use them for his plans are crying for help whether or not they know it. They are crying for saviors to come to their rescue (Obadiah 1:21). Accepting and loving people is not the same thing as approving their behaviors, but we must know that unconditional love is one of the most powerful forces of change that God has given to His people. It is the fuel that will not only bring about revival but total transformation. We cannot be transformers without love burning in our hearts.
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.” (Luke 6:32)
The challenge for the leadership of the church is to disciple the church to love without conditions. Love is the gift we have been given and the role we have been called to play. Every believer has been called to reach out to a dying, broken world in love. I once met a missionary who goes into the dangerous terrains of the Arab world to reach out to the Muslims there. He holds meetings, even with the Muslim leaders present and re-creative miracles (eyes popping out, legs growing out, etc.) through the power of God take place and souls are saved. He and his team are accepted by the locals there because he went with a message of love. Late Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said that “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” Miracles happen whenever we present the gospel of love.
The love of God wants to find expression through us in areas where there is hatred, oppression and opposition. I desire to be part of a community that is known for showing unconditional love to those that do not deserve it. I want to be one who is known to love sinners without looking back. The reason is because we were once sinners saved by grace, and this same grace enables us to love God and others because He first loved us.