God is agapé or unconditional love. God is patient and kind, He does not boast, nor is He proud. God does not dishonor others, nor is He self-seeking. He is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. God never fails.
God will always wait for you to come back around. He will always be up for a hug when you need one. He will never say, “I told you so,” and He will never be condescending to you. God will not trick you, cheat you, or think of Himself first. God is not easily frustrated by your questions or your behavior. God does not record, list, hold onto, or hold over you, your sinful actions. God weeps when humans commit evil, and throws a party when you face the truth. God always watches over you, worries about you, desires the best for you, trusts you to do your best, and believes you can do better.
All of these things are wonderfully true, and each of them should be meditated on, internalized, and lived out. However, there remains one more thing about God and love that can reveal quite a lot about how the universe functions as a creation of God. Love requires freedom. God is completely self-determinate, completely free to do whatever He wishes, at least as far as our human perspective can comprehend.
God, in His infinite, unconditional love, chose to share Himself with us through the creation of ourselves and the universe. Jesus and the Bible suggest that love is the primary reason for our existence. To love God, and to love each other. In order for this to be true, however, by the very nature of what love is, we must be free. We must be capable of not choosing love. Regardless of how one may perceive it, if at any point there was no choice but to love, it would not be true love. This is a lesson that humans have learned, and continue to learn. Human love can only exist when we allow someone to love us, it cannot be forced, coerced, manipulated, or otherwise corrupted from its complete freedom.
An important consequence of unconditional love, then, is freedom. Freedom, however, has its own consequences. I will discuss those consequences in the next blog.
Grace and Peace to you all.