Valentine's Day reminds us of the love we have for our wives, husbands, children, families and friends. But, we should also be reminded of the unconditional love of God towards mankind and Christ's love for the lost.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 NKJV
"I say to you, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:44-45
Never are you more like God than when you love your enemies. God loves His enemies. God’s love is not restricted to the redeemed. This is an unqualified, unconditional love.
We see this in the account of the young rich ruler in Mark 10:17. He ran up to Jesus and said "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ And he said to Him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.’”
This man is deceived or deluded. Here is a man who cannot receive eternal life because he does not understand the severity of his own condition. He thinks he is righteous despite the fact that Jesus exposed his sin with the law. In verse 21 "And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him.” That is amazing!
Looking at this hard hearted, self righteous rejector, Jesus felt a love for him and he said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
There are two conditions he needed to receive eternal life, and one was to understand that he had broken the law of God, and two was to understand that he was being asked to submit to the lordship of Christ, whatever Christ commanded. But in neither case would he respond.
And verse 22 says, “At these words his face fell. He went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property.” And Jesus’ comment was, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” Here was a man who didn’t enter the kingdom of God, and yet Jesus had a love for him. God loves humanity.