Every person needs to feel accepted, loved, and forgiven. However, not one person will be able to feel all these, unless he learns about the goodness of Jesus. Unconditional love is hard to give. If one commits to giving it to his brother, he is a true testimony of God’s unconditional love to him; one cannot give what he doesn’t have.
Forgiveness is not easy to give, especially when a person was badly hurt by the other. It is a choice and not a feeling. Sometimes, it is even harder to forgive oneself. Jesus offers forgiveness to those who ask for it and are willing to repent and turn from their sins. When He was taken by the soldiers and was about to be crucified, Peter denied Him, yet He was able to forgive him and restore Peter’s life. It says in the Bible in Ephesians 4, verse 32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
It is important to understand that love for God is the foundation of unconditional love. People fail in this aspect because they try to love others with their own kind of love. Peter had loved Jesus with his own love, causing him to deny Him when he was asked if he’s one of the disciples. Jesus is the embodiment of love. He is everything Paul was telling the church about when he wrote 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
Unconditional love and forgiveness are strongly connected to each other. In every season of the soul, these two are needed—either to be given or to be received.
Westside Family Church accepts everyone. It is a community with a life centered on Jesus, and believes that faith in God and Jesus Christ is a continuing process. Westside Family Church is a community that’s willing to accompany everyone in that journey. For more information on its activities, visit this page.