Unconditional Love
1 John 4:7-10

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

Real love brings security into our lives. For many of us, feelings of insecurity contribute to the power of our addictions. Trusting that love can bring lasting security is hard for those of us who've been abandoned. Maybe someone we loved betrayed our trust. Perhaps someone turned away from us when we betrayed theirs. It could be that someone we needed died, leaving us permanently.

Jesus promised, "I will not abandon you as orphans-I will come to you" (John 14:18). We may ask, "How can I trust in God's love when it feels like all I've ever known is love that disappoints?" Here's the difference: Jesus is the only one who entered our lives through the "one way" door of death. "God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:9-10). The psalmist wrote, "For he [God] knows we how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass. . . . But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him" (Psalm 103:14-17).

God's love is unconditional and always waiting for us. Turning our lives over to God involves opening the door of our hearts to his love. Filling up on God's love helps us to avoid relapse. It meets us at our deepest need and eases our most powerful insecurities.

As we give our lives over to God's care, he brings healing and love to our hurts and pain.