“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV
Love without limitations or conditions. Love that is faithful, love that only grows greater, love that is loyal and never changes based on events or circumstances. One of the best examples of unconditional love in this world is the love of a dog. Last month we had to say goodbye to our family dog, Lilly. She was 11 years old and exemplfied unconditional love daily. No matter where I went or what I was doing there was Lilly by my side…working in my office, Lilly laying down on the floor next to me…sitting and reading in my chair, Lilly in the room with me…outside in the yard, Lilly out there with me…even if I went to sneek in a nap, Lilly would eventually pop up on the bed. She was the first to greet me every morning and the last to say goodnight. She would get me up to go for walks with her irresistable joy and excitement…we loved her and she gave us her heart and her whole self with love, unconditionally. People would do well to learn from dogs on what true unconditional love looks like.
There is one person who is the best of example any of us will ever find of unconditional love…Jesus Christ. He came to this world to save you…He is with you and He will never leave you…believe in Him, give Him your heart because He has already offered His heart to you…why? Because He loves you, unconditionally.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
(This photo was taken in April of 2023 of our dog Lilly the day before she passed away)