In Romans 5:8 we find these powerful words, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Most of the relationships we have in life are conditional relationships. This is probably best illustrated in the college & professional sports world. If the coach wins a sufficient number of games, he is the prince who can do no wrong. If he loses too many games, or loses to the wrong team, he is out.
The relationship we have with God is an unconditional relationship. Our fellowship with Him can be marred by sin and disobedience, but our relationship with Him is secure and eternal. That is a key point and one we must nail down. If you confuse the terms “fellowship” and “relationship” please go back and read the previous sentence again.
This is why Paul closes 1 Corinthians 13 with these words: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” As we continue to live the Christian life, we would be wise to continuously reckon on the unconditional love of God.