There is no feeling like knowing that you are loved unconditionally. That no matter what happens to you or becasue of you someone, somewhere will always be there to encourage you, pull you up and dust you off and push you on.
Yet unconditional love is not unconditional approval. Many times we confuse the two in the kingdom of God.
"You don't love me!" cries out the teenager in the midst of being punished for a wrong that they have done.
"You don't love me!" wails the parishioner to his pastor when the parishioner has been caught in a sin and is disciplined by either God or the leadership of the church.
"You don't love me!" moans the Christian when God allows difficult things in our lives to bring us back to Him.
God loves us unconditionally. However, he doesn't approve of everything that we do. God doesn't approve of bad attitudes, backbiting, slander, unrighteous anger or pride.
But God does love you and me. God does not give up on us even when he is saddened by what we do.
That truth, more than any other, should prompt us to constantly return to God.