|Love is the law|
| Love is the law of life. To live is to love and be loved.
God has the right to love anyone: those who deserve it and those who do not. God owes His love to no one. All have fallen short of the glory of love, and none even seek to know it. They saw the real thing, and they preferred the counterfeit.
God has a program already in progress to make His love known to people who do not deserve it. All of those that He chooses to love will be saved.
Love is a choice. It is dedication, devotion, determination to see someone in a positive way and to desire the best for that person.
Love is unconditional, but it does not let us do whatever we want. Love makes rules and holds us to them. We call love “unconditional,” because it does not depend on the conditions that it creates. Love keeps going when there are no results in sight.
Unconditional means unearned, uninfluenced. It points to the holiness of God, a God who stands separate, independent, above all things, owing favor to no one. God loves because He is love, not because we did something to earn it from Him.
Unbelievers give in order to get. They focus on conditions. They depend on results. We shouldn’t be that way. We should get love from God so that we can give to others without needing results. God’s love gives us a kind of independence.
When my friend treats me well, it only makes sense for me to return the favor, but when someone hurts me, I can choose to love him anyway. Jesus told His disciples, “If you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the taxgatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” Matt5:46,47
It is good enough for the world to love those who love them back, but that’s not good enough for Jesus.
True love does not depend on feelings. Feelings come and go, because they depend on conditions. When conditions leave, so do the feelings.
Love endures, because it is eternal. It comes from above, and it seeks the heavenly things. It does not settle for less, because it cannot. It does not fail, because it does not know how to fail.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13