Unconditional Love

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I’m always so surprised every year when pink and red heart shaped everything pops up in stores late December, but I have to admit I love it!  Valentine’s Day is such a happy day. In school, I loved picking out valentines for my classmates. I would select the perfect one for each person to deliver in our handmade mailboxes.  I still get giddy when I see surprise deliveries of flowers and chocolate covered strawberries, and there’s something about a candle light rose petal dinner that’s so romantic. Each year has a special memory, but this year is different than any other. This year I’m lucky enough to have two Valentines!

 Before Camdyn was born, love was a word I took for granted. I love my husband and my family. I love fashion. I love coffee. I didn’t know love could come with such a deeper meaning until I met my son. I get teary eyed just thinking about him. When I’m at work, I miss him. When he goes to bed, I scroll through his pictures. When I see other children, I’m reminded of my own blue eyed little guy. No person is perfect, but my son is absolutely perfect to me in every way.

A parent’s love is unconditional. No matter how many times we fail them, genuine parental love will continue to pick us up and hold us close while encouraging us to keep going. Unconditional love is the kind of love our heavenly Father has for us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Even in our sin, God did not withhold his only Son, Jesus Christ. God devised a plan to save humanity by sending His own son to die an unfathomable death on the cross so that you and I could have everlasting life. Jesus loved us so much that He accepted the plan and willingly laid His life down. John 10: 14-15 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” Verses 17-18  “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

If for a moment we think no one could love us more than our parents or more than we love our children, just imagine this is only a glimpse of how much love God has for you. He loved you while you were being knitted in your mother’s womb. He loves you regardless of your past or from where you came. He loves you when you are successful and when you fail. He loves you when you let Him down, disappoint Him, abandon Him, and ignore Him. He loves you right where you are. He is there. When we forsake Him, He quietly sits and waits for us to come back to Him. If we come back only because we need to cry on His shoulder, He’s delighted. He’s the greatest parent that ever was, is, or will be.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, there’s no better opportunity than the present. You will never know a greater love. While earthly relationships will fail you, God never will. He will never leave you or forsake you. Abundant life, everlasting life, an eternal life all come through having a relationship with the one true God. John 10:10b “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not Perish but have everlasting life.”

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it’s as easy as A, B, C. A- admit you  are a sinner.  B- Believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died and rose again.  C- Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and ask Him to come into your heart and accept the free gift of salvation. Dr. Ray Pritchard’s sinner’s prayer is below:

“Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen”

If you said that prayer for the very first time, feel free to reach out to a friend, a pastor or to me in our contact page. There are so many resources to help you get started on your journey with Jesus. He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

-OX Crystal

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