Unshakable Pursuit

Unconditional Love

What other words express what it means to show God’s love unconditionally? With a quick search in a thesaurus for the word unconditional, some other words that came up were total, unrestricted, unreserved, unobstructed, unhindered, and limitless. The word that caught my attention, though, was unqualified. Usually we think of a person who is unqualified as someone who is not equipped or untrained for a position. For example, we might think a person is unqualified for a job position because she does not have the training, skills, or experience to do that particular job. Without a background in that field, the person is unqualified.

Thinking of this definition, it is to the unqualified whom God calls us to show His love. We are certainly all unqualified to receive God’s love, as from Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NIV1) We are given forgiveness and eternal life through God’s grace, and not through anything we do to earn it. Ephesians 2:8 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” We might also think of unqualified as those who have no background in knowing of God’s love for them. There are people who are unqualified in that they have never heard of God’s love and have never experienced God’s love for them.

Whom do you know who is unqualified in the sense that they do not have the experience of knowing God’s love for them? It may be your neighbor down the street, another parent in your child’s preschool, or the clerk at a store you frequent. As you teach preschoolers, there will be times when you think they are unqualified to receive love. Times when they are grouchy, rude, talk back, take other’s toys, push to the front of the line, say hurtful words, or lash out to hit another. You may wonder how God can love little ones who behave like this! And yet, God loves us all when we are unlovable. Our unshakable pursuit is to show His love unconditionally, even to the unqualified.


Loving God, Thank You for loving me unconditionally. Help me to see those around me who don’t have the experience of knowing Your love. Guide me as I teach preschoolers, that I would be an example to them of Your unconditional love.

1. Scripture from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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