I have been thinking a lot about the "unconditional love" of God. This is commonly asserted by many Christians, and most often in relation to sin, "God loves us unconditionally in spite of our sin." However, is this sentiment really biblical and what is meant when people say this? I ask you to think honestly about this question.
Increasingly people are being lulled into a false standing with God which seems to hinge on some perversion of God's love. The purpose of this article is not to attempt to divorce man from God's great love, but to ensure that we are truly abiding in His abounding love.
For a doctrine that has become so central to the contemporary church, Scripture is relatively silent on this issue. That is why many asserting that "God's love is unconditional" must deduce that it is so. They seek to appeal to what might be called your sense of reason saying, "God's love must be unconditional because...[fill in the blank]" Yet, there is not one Scripture which states that all have God's love unconditionally. Is God's love undeserved by all? Yes! Yet, undeserved does not mean unconditional. At the very least this concept should be supported by God's word if it is to be believed. Otherwise, it is likely false - no matter how warm & fuzzy it makes us feel.
So, what does it mean biblically to say that God's love is unconditional?
unconditional: not limited by conditions; asserting that the existence or occurrence of one thing or event does not depend on the existence or occurrence of another thing or event.God's love simply exists, for He is love (I John 4:8). It is not dependent upon anything else for - like His very nature - He (and it) just is. Yet, the fact that God's love exists unconditionally does not mean it is received by man unconditionally.