But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The sixteenth-century English Bible translator, William Tyndale, was detained by royal authorities in Belgium and condemned to die. He was tied to a stake, strangled to death, and his body was burned. His last words were reported: “Lord! Open the King of England’s eyes.” Not a prayer of vengeance, judgment, anger, or regret—but a prayer of love, that the king of England’s eyes would be open to spiritual truth. That is consistent with Paul’s description of unconditional love in 1 Corinthians 13:7: Love “hopes all things, endures all things.” And Jesus’ words in John 15:13: True love will lay down its own life (self-interests, desires) for the life of another. Jesus Himself, while dying on a cross, asked God to forgive those who put Him there (Luke 23:34).
All of these are examples of unconditional love—the kind of love God demonstrated when He sent His own Son to die for us, for those who were His enemies (John 3:16; Romans 5:10). Love for one’s enemies is unconditional love.
The Bible knows nothing of conditional love. How can you put the needs of others ahead of your own today?
True love is always costly.