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Whom does God love?
Thank you for asking us a question regarding the love of God.
The simple answer to this very important question is simple: God loves everyone!
The bible makes this clear by telling us repeatedly of His love, but also is shown through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not die but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Paul also tells us that God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
The difficult part is that not everyone loves God. As you can see from the verse above in Romans 5:8, we were once God's enemies. We do things that God tells us not to and sin against God; this sin separates us from God. Thankfully Jesus died to pay the penalty for the sin of all who believe in Him. God loves all people but to know God we need to be made right with him through Jesus. This love is then made complete and nothing can take that love away from us.
We are told that this love is everlasting and cannot be destroyed, nor can we be separated from it. I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things yet to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). This is not just love, it is an everlasting, all powerful and constant love that is available to all people.
However, just because we believe that God loves everyone, and has demonstrated it in such a powerful way, does not mean that we can do what we like. God is our heavenly Father, and just like our earthly father, there are times when children are disciplined to make sure that they live lives that are as good and right as possible.
An athlete cannot simply turn up to a race without being disciplined in their training. So too can we not simply live our lives as we want, but must be disciplined in all matters. As we read: my son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives (Hebrews 12:5-6). To be disciplined is not to have hatred on you, but it is love. The Father disciplines His children they love because by doing so they can, in the long run, achieve more and greater things. Indeed, as we read, no chastening seems joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11)
As a result, we believe that all people need to respond to this love, to make a decision to not just believe that this love exists, but to respond to it. The love of Christ, which led to His earthly life, death and resurrection, has resulted in him making a way for us to have access to the Father. Indeed, as Jesus said himself “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
This love of God that is freely given to you is available when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
In summary, God loves everyone. He loves them so much that he sent his Son, Jesus, to come to earth so that we can have access to Him. This love is freely given to us, and as such we have a free option to accept this love. It is our hope that you will do so.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Ephesians 2:4-5
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
- 1 John 3:1
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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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