Posts Tagged ‘Unconditional Love


The Most Important Thing

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 13:34-35.


Purity Of Heart

Jesus describes what a person who is on the right track spiritually looks like in Matthew 5. It’s how He begins His “Sermon on the Mount.” We know this passage as “The Beatitudes.” He talks about the rewards for recognizing one’s spiritual poverty and need for God. Those who think that they’ve got it all together and have no need of a Savior will never find Him because they’re not looking for Him. Jesus continued by talking about the reward of being pure in heart. He said:

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

What does it mean to be pure in heart? It means that one has a pure devotion to God. God loves you with His whole heart. If you think that you can love Him with only half of yours, you are mistaken. God wants it all. He wants your whole heart. He wants all of you. Is it because God is insecure? Not at all! He’s your Creator and as your Creator, He knows what is best for His Creation. He alone can truly satisfy our every longing for true love because only His love is true and unconditional. Let’s commit ourselves to purity of heart today knowing that we will see God one day.


In Romans 8:35, Paul asks a question about what shall separate us from the love of Christ. He gets around to answering that question in verses 38-39. He says:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

The love that God has for His children is an all-encompassing love. There is NOTHING that can separate you from it. If you are in Christ, there is NOTHING that comes between you and the love of God. It is an unconditional and unlimited kind of love. It is an eternal and everlasting kind of love. God loves you now and He will keep on loving you forever. When you trust Jesus for forgiveness, you enter into a loving relationship with your Creator that will never end and NOTHING can change that.

Jesus Frees Us To Love People

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 6:1-10.


A Raging River of Love

11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. – 1 John 3:11-24 (NIV)

In the 2nd half of 1 John 3, John finally reveals what this new command is that he had told them about: love one another.  This whole passage is about how we treat each other in the church.  1 John 3:16 gives us the very definition of love: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  He sacrificed Himself on a Roman cross.  Why?  Because He loved us!  Not just us, but the entire world.  Since Jesus gave Himself for us, we need to give ourselves for one another in the church.  We should sacrifice for each other.  We should encourage each other.  We should weep with each other when we weep.  We should rejoice with each other when we celebrate.  We should forgive each other.  We should hold each other accountable.  We should love each other “deeply from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22, NIV).  If we do not love each other unconditionally, how can we say that God’s love is in us?  God’s love for us is unconditional.  His love is a love that overflows abundantly into our lives and should spill over to everyone we know.  His love is a raging river that flows to His people and should be a deluge of acceptance, forgiveness, encouragement and compassion by His people for one another.  My challenge for you this weekend is to think of some way that you can tangibly express God’s love for a brother or sister in Christ.  How can you demonstrate God’s love to a fellow believer?  John says to not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.  Don’t tell someone that you love them, show them that you love them.



Just The Way You Are – The Sermon

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from August 25, 2013.

Just The Way You Are from Shawn Cornett on Vimeo.


Deep Love

Does it get any clearer than verse 8 of 1 Peter 4?

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8, NIV)

 Love is so important.  I. Howard Marshall, in his commentary of 1 Peter says this about the phrase “above all”:

(it) indicates the supreme importance of love as the controlling factor in all relationships in the church (Marshall, 1 Peter, pg. 143).

 If we truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ, deeply and unconditionally, we can forgive each other.  We can bear with each other.  We can support each other.  We can accept each other.  We can correct each other (lovingly, of course).  We can teach each other. If we are looking out for the best interests of one another in love, we can do all of these things and more.  Love must win out in our relationships in the church.  Pure, unconditional love that is deep and wide.  Jesus is our example of the kind of love we should have for each other.  Jesus was compassionate.  Jesus was gentle.  Jesus was kind.  Jesus was merciful.  We must be as well.

1 Peter 4

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

Living for God

4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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