Conditional Love or Unconditional Love? – 2 Chronicles 6
Unconditional love could mean to some people that no matter how we treat God (or someone else) that God (and they) should always love us and make us happy, but unconditional love does not mean that we can treat God (and others) with disrespect and even treat God (and others) hatefully without a change in our relationship with God (and others).
Later, because God loved His children unconditionally, when they began to worship idols and even sacrifice their children to the idol Molech, God could no longer bestow His blessings upon them as He had before; to do so would have implied to them (and to us) that God did not care about how much they abused God and acted hatefully toward their own children. Therefore, the LORD destroyed Solomon’s temple and sent His children into exile in Babylon for seventy years. Unconditional love does not mean appearing to approve of evil and continually blessing someone without using discipline to help them and save others from abuse no matter how evil they behave.
How do you (and your Bible study group) think the concepts of Conditional Love and Unconditional Love can be misunderstood? What might we say to overcome this confusion? Can necessary discipline be a part of unconditional love?
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