“Just the Way You Are”
Passage: John 8:1-17; Luke 18:18-19
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I attended a Billy Joel concert last summer with my daughter.  Among his many songs I like is “Just the Way You Are.  He says don’t go changing to try and please me……I love you just the way you are.”   That’s a good definition of unconditional love.  A more conventional definition is love offered without limitation and without conditions.  You are loved just the way you are. 

Scripture makes it clear that God loves us.   My favorite gospel is the gospel of John, sometimes called the mystical gospel, or the gospel of love.  You can’t read John and not know that Jesus loves us. ….”for God so loved the world,” and “no greater love has a man than this.”

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