Sunday, April 8, 2012

Unconditional Love

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The purpose of the article is to deal with a business practice that one of my friends has begun to use, with great results. The reward good behavior by sending students what they call "I Like You Because Cards. It is a practice that works within human psychology and recommends itself to influencing other people to good affect. In other words, it actually works.

It is, however,  just short term and has the ability to cause great harm to those who you use it on, especially when they discover that your love, your feelings, your attitude about them is conditional.  

Let me assure you, before I begin, that God's Love is Unconditional.

Psalm 36:5-7 (ESV): "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.  How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings."

Just to make sure you understand the impact of this type of love, I have included a link to one of my favorite songs about this very Psalm.

Imagine for a moment, that you are teaching a class of young children, and one of them is panicked. This child has discovered in her life that to get what she wants, all she has to do is yell, scream and physically pound on you to be let go.

You decide that you want to change her life, so you choose one of these two methods:

Humanism:  You hold the child and tell the child that you like her when she behaves as a young lady. She punches you.  You tell her you don't like her when she punches you.  She screams.  You tell her people will like her if she is not screaming ... etc

Following God's Example:  You hold the child, and she punches you while she screams, "I hate You!"  You tell her that you like here no matter what she says and does. That you will help her do (whatever she needs to do that caused her to panic to begin with).  She punches and kicks you and screams.  You tell her that no matter what she does, you will still like her, and that her behavior only changes when she gets to leave.

My daughter was teaching a karate class with a 5 year old who did just this.  My daughter and I picked following God's example.  That child now is one of the leaders, even though she has only been there for 3 months.  That child even tells other misbehaving children that we like them, no matter what.  

We have spread the culture of God's unconditional Love.

Here is another example:

Zephaniah 3:17  “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

Just in case you need to hear to believe.

God loves you no matter what.  When Jesus tells us that we are to Love the Lord our God and our Neighbor he means with this type of love.

Can you Do it?

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