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God's Love: Better Than Unconditional
?God's unconditional love.? Sounds nice, but is it enough? Is there more to God's love? Describing unconditional love as detached ?blanket acceptance? and ?benign affection, ? David Powlison challenges our common assumption about the nature of God's love. Although wonderfully accepting, divine love is also intrusive, intimate, personal, and active. Instead of simply loving ...more
Paperback, 16 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by P & R Publishing
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Helpful, very brief tool for those wrestling with understanding God's love, especially those that cling to superficial, cliched or inadequate notions of what God's love means. This clarifies four aspects where we can use the phrase unconditional and four additional biblical improvements which help us see God is not complacent but even willing to be intrusive in our lives, a fuller understanding of grace which conveys the idea that God is redeeming and transforming our lives not merely tolerating ...more
A quick, concise read that challenges us to go beyond the term "unconditional" when attempting to describe God's love, and in turn, the sort of love we are to have for one another. Powlison looks at four truths that we are trying to capture in the term "unconditional" and four biblical improvements on the term. He concludes that God's love is "contraconditional" -- contrary to what I deserve, God loves me, and He loves me enough to want to see me change. I'm free to change -- not so that I can e ...more
David Powlison, MDiv, PhD, is Executive Director of CCEF and a counselor with over thirty years of experience. He has written many books and minibooks, including Seeing with New Eyes; Speaking Truth in Love; and The Biblical Counseling Movement, and is the editor of The Journal of Biblical Counseling.
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