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We also have a God who cares. He cares about you, and He is a safe place to leave your true feelings. As painful as the healing process may have been, the scar should only remind us of His gentle compassion and His ownership of our souls.

Let’s focus for a moment on another powerful emotion. The only difference with this emotion is it’s a positive one. This emotion is love. It is often said, “Love makes the world go ‘round,’” but the truth is everyone desires to receive unfailing love. (Proverbs 19:22 NIV). Yes, we all want to be loved unconditionally, in spite of our many faults and failures.

God loves us unconditionally; however, even though we may receive this unconditional love, it does not mean we receive unconditional acceptance of any or all of our behavior. The Word says he who loves his son is quick to chasten him. He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. (Proverbs 13:24).

Love can be broken down into three different categories.

  1. Eros: Most commonly defined as lust.
  2. Philos: A brotherly type of love.
  3. Agape: God’s love—unfailing and long-suffering, full of mercy and grace.

Philos and agape are easy to embrace, especially agape. This is the love for which we were created, and hopefully, what we receive is a greater revelation of this kind of love each and every day of our lives. Eros is such a deceiver. The price we pay for falling into Eros is a loss of honor, a loss of value to another, a loss of your strength, bitterness and the end thereof is hell. (Proverbs 5)

Hopefully, you see the difference in the usage of the word love. It’s the same word, but three entirely different usages. God’s love is not performance based. He loved us before we ever made the decision to follow Him and become saved, and once we are saved, He doesn’t love us any more or any less. We do not have to prove anything to Him. His nature is to love. God is love. (1 John 4:8)

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