I love you … because you’re beautiful. I love you … because you make me laugh. I love you … because you’ve always been there for me.
Human love is usually conditional. I love you because of something good that is in you.
Beauty, charm, and faithfulness are wonderful qualities to find in someone. But the problem with that human, conditional love is this: what happens if (or more realistically when) those lovable qualities aren’t there? What if the beauty fades? What if, instead of laughter, you cause me anger and tears? What if there is a day when you let me down?
God shows us a different kind of love in Jesus:
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Love starts with God. His love is completely different from the conditional human kind. God doesn’t love us because of how we look or how we make him feel or what we’ve done for him. God loved us because that’s who he is. He is LOVE. Because of that love he sent his Son to die for undeserving people like you and me. That love continues every day. Even on the days when I’m not very lovable.
Since we have personally experienced this amazing, unconditional love of God, we can now love others in a way that wasn’t possible before. We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Not if they love me back, but because God loved me first.