Chaplain (Capt.) Isaac Shubert
209th Aviation Support Battalion,
25th Combat Avn. Brigade,
25th Infantry Division
God desires us to love one another unconditionally.
As I sit and ponder this statement, I meditate on God’s goodness and how his love for you and me will never change.
Yes, the task of loving someone can seem to be easy, but at times, it really puts your love to the test!
I can recall a challenge in my life that I had to face. In the end, I had to let God’s love conquer the hearts of others, instead of me trying to take the wheel.
In this challenge, God showed me that it’s not by my might or by my will, but it is by his will that I am able to love my fellow brother and sister, like God so loved the world.
God’s example of love goes far beyond what we may face today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Journey with me back to the old, rugged cross and picture yourself on that cross. Can you visualize the pain and agony God’s son suffered for us?
Imagine getting whipped over and over again and being spit upon like you were nobody. For many, these acts would probably be the point where the flesh would rise up and take over, and they would fight back.
However, God’s son endured, because he knew this endurance was the only way to save us. He set the greatest example of true love for us all.
No matter what situation you may be facing, you can endure till the end with God’s strength, because it’s that strong! You can love others enough to sacrificially give what it takes to help them when you have God’s love as your foundation. You can be that light that others see and want to emulate.
Each day I meditate on this love and the sacrifice he made for us. I also ask God to let me have that same love for my fellow brother or sister. When I see them down and there is a need, I ask God to help me be a blessing in their life.
I asked God to help me be a word of encouragement in the life of those who need to be lifted up. I challenge you also to be a blessing in someone’s life by exhibiting God’s love.
Many times we forget that someone took the time to love us first. Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love.
His love is not based on performance; it is given without conditions.
It is love for God and for others that results in righteousness, in fruit and in glory to him. Such love testifies to your relationship with God, and you demonstrate that you belong to him by your love for others.
As your life becomes an example to others, then others will experience his unconditional love, and they, in turn, will pass it on.
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