“I Love You, But…” Conditional love sucks. The kind of love that requires changes of you before it manifests; the kind of love that evaporates if you don’t fulfill expectations. But what about love that is a priori (independent of experience, maybe even against experience), God’s own decision to have love as God’s primary disposition toward the world? We say it like testimony: “the world God still loves.” Because God has decided to, and God’s love is steadfast. Jesus loves the rich man, Mark says, though the rich man will disappointingly fall short of Jesus’s recommendation for a full life of discipleship.
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