Unconditional love is hard to understand and even harder to do. I like to define unconditional love as; choosing to love and accept someone even though you know all their faults. The world’s way is to choose not to love and throw people to the side when they think they will be hurt by them, saying, “I don’t need this.”
Jesus displayed unconditional love when He chose Judas. In John 6:64, “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” Jesus knew the prophesies about Himself and knew for thirty pieces of silver He would be betrayed, yet He spent all the years of His ministry loving Judas, the one who would betray Him.
I believe Jesus was willing to spend the years with Judas, loving him and showing him God’s ways, in order to give him every opportunity to change. To be like Jesus is to love the person anyway, knowing it might be you who is able to reach them.
Father, help us to be like Jesus and love everybody unconditionally in the hope that we might be the person that can help them. In the name of Jesus, amen.