Of course, God loves everyone. If there is one aspect of the All-Powerful that the church and the rest of the world keep emphasizing, it is that He is love.
Outside of churches, we often see signs that read, “God loves you!” and we have heard pastors and Christians tell everybody within hearing distance that God loves them.
God loves all of humankind, saved and unsaved, equally. Each of us has His image. The “love of benevolence” is another name for this all-encompassing affection. He loves all of creation, yet because of our unforgivable sins, He does not take pleasure in all of us. As a manifestation of His goodness, God poured His love and benevolence into the entirety of creation.
- 1 Does God Love Everyone Including Non-Christians?
- 2 5 Different Ways The Scripture Speaks Of God’s Love
- 2.1 The Unconditional Love Of The Son For His Father And The Love Of The Father For His Son
- 2.2 God’s Provisional Love For Everything He Has Created
- 2.3 The Salvific Attitude Of God Towards His Fallen World
- 2.4 God’s Special, Powerful, And Selected Love For His Elect
- 2.5 God’s Love For His Own People In A Conditional Or Constrained Way
- 3 What Is God’s Love In Action?
- 4 Can We Lose God’s Love?
- 5 3 Vital Warnings On How We Approach God’s Love
- 6 Conclusion
Does God Love Everyone Including Non-Christians?
Does God love Christians only? In the Bible, God is said to love the world. It does not explicitly state that God only loves the church, Christians, or His believers. God is said to love the entire world. As a result of His love for the world, Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission.
God made it incredibly simple for everyone to be saved and rescued because He loves all people. All we need to do is accept Jesus, His only Son, and put our faith in Him (John 1:12). It is possible for anyone to accomplish this. To receive God’s love, all we need to do is believe.
Electing Love Of God
Matthew 5:44–45 states, in order to become sons and daughters of your heavenly Father, love and forgive your enemies. Because He causes both the good and the bad to see the sunrise, it is acceptable to tell people that God loves them because they are mentioned in many different places.
5 Different Ways The Scripture Speaks Of God’s Love
When we examine the idea of God’s love in the Bible, some distinctions need to be drawn. There is the love of benevolence, where God is lovely and loving to everyone and showers everyone with His benevolent love and benevolent will, and if you keep seeing the number 16, it stands for benevolence and spiritual path.
The Unconditional Love Of The Son For His Father And The Love Of The Father For His Son
This concept is particularly prevalent in John’s Gospel. We are informed twice that the Father loves the Son, the first time using the verb jagapaw (John 3:35), then once with oilew. The evangelist is adamant that people everywhere must understand that Jesus loves the Father.
In addition to distinguishing Christian monotheism from all other monotheisms, this intra-Trinitarian love of God is interconnected in unexpected ways to revelation and atonement. This is one way in which God demonstrates His love for us.
God’s Provisional Love For Everything He Has Created
Before there is even a hint of sin, God announces and creates everything in His image and declares it to be good (Genesis 1). This is the work of a compassionate Creator. The Lord Jesus paints a picture of a world in which God covers the grass in the fields with the splendor of wildflowers, possibly invisible to humans but visible to God.
God is the one who feeds the lion, despite the fact that it roars and drags down its prey. The fact that the birds of the air have food to eat is due to God’s loving providence; not a sparrow falls from the sky without the permission of the All-Powerful. The moral message that Jesus emphasizes—that this God can be relied upon to provide for His own people—would be incoherent if this were not a generous, loving providence.
The Salvific Attitude Of God Towards His Fallen World
The term “world” in John’s vocabulary primarily refers to the moral order that is willfully and culpably in rebellion against God. In John 3:16, it is admirable that God sent the Lord Jesus out of love for such a horrible thing as the world rather than for the world as a whole or for many people as opposed to such evil people.
Numerous scripture verses and themes teach the same lesson. Despite the fact that God judges the world, He also manifests Himself as the God who calls on and encourages all people to repent and start doing good deeds. He commands His followers to spread the good news to everyone, including men and women, to the furthest reaches of the globe.
God’s Special, Powerful, And Selected Love For His Elect
The entire nation of Israel, the church as a whole, or specific members are all examples of the elect. In each instance, God shows His love for His chosen people in a way that He does not reveal His love for others. The striking thing about these texts is that when Israel is compared to the universe or other countries, the defining characteristic is not anything of an individual or national worth but God’s love.
Therefore, by the very nature of the situation, God’s love is expressed in verses in a way that is not expressed toward other countries. In the New Testament, Christ is also said to have “loved the church” (Ephesians 5:25). According to numerous New Testament verses, the love of God or the love of Christ is focused on the people who make up the church.
God’s Love For His Own People In A Conditional Or Constrained Way
It is a component of the relational framework of knowing God; it has nothing to do with how we come to be genuine followers of the living God but instead with how we relate to Him once we do. Part of the relational framework of understanding God is obedience. It has more to do with our relationship with Him once we know Him than it does with how we first come to know Him.
Jude warns his readers to “keep yourselves in God’s love” (Jude 21), giving readers the apparent impression that certain people might not do so. The Lord Jesus further instructs His disciples to stay in His love (John 15:9), “If you obey my instructions, you will stay in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love” (John 15:10).
What Is God’s Love In Action?
According to the Bible, God demonstrated His compassion and covenant love both through His words and deeds. God has provided us with guidelines for what love in action looks like based on various passages.
God’s Love Is Explicit
Consider our previous passage, John 3:16, as an example of how far God’s love may extend. God had to make a better way because He loved the people in the whole world but hated our wicked state. He gave His son, Jesus Christ, to meet us where we were.
God’s love for all of us is unique because He came to us rather than asking us to come up to Him. The fact is that God’s love extended to all of us, placing us where we are now. We would all be lost without that.
God’s Love Fixes The Broken
God’s love is so magnificent because He can fix anything that is broken. He restores damaged people, broken relationships, shattered families, marriages, dreams, and broken hearts. God is skilled at taking something that is broken and transforming it into something extraordinary. Most importantly, He has fixed our life—which was previously broken—and transformed it into something absolutely amazing. All of this is evidence of God’s love.
God’s Love Never Ends
Beyond its ability to reach and heal, the most significant part of God’s love is probably the way it renews our relationship with Him. The barrier that hinders us from fellowship with God, not merely the emptiness of sin, is what makes it truly tragic. This is the reason God enjoys pardoning people. Because of this, He shows new mercies each day.
He does this because He always seeks to reignite our relationship with Him, which is why He lavishes favor upon grace. He first renewed it through the cross, and He continues to renew it every day because He truly loves us.
Can We Lose God’s Love?
Even though we run away from Him or decide not to return His love, He still loves us. God pursues us because He suffers when we suffer. According to God, even the best that the world has to offer will not be enough to quench our souls’ thirst (Hosea 4:10).
We strive to saturate our bodies, minds, and souls with fresh experiences and new connections, yet the emptiness constantly overtakes us. No matter how far we flee, God still loves us. Because He loves us, He repeatedly searches the messiest, darkest places for us and comes to save us all.
3 Vital Warnings On How We Approach God’s Love
Even while God’s cautions frequently seem to go against His promises, when correctly interpreted, they really work together. God constantly gives us the option to decide, and if we disobey the requirements for receiving the promises, His warnings expose His alternative strategies. These are just some signs that He is a good God.
We Must Avoid Reducing God’s Love To Just One Specific Scriptural Expression
Trying to emphasize God’s electing love alone could result in a frigid hyper-Calvinism. Only emphasizing God’s providential love for his creation would lead to pantheism or another type of monism.
We Should Not Divide Up The Expressions Of God’s Love
It is important to remember that God does not mechanically switch between the several facets of His love. He never stops loving His creation and His elect. Some people today only focus on and emphasize God’s promises of wealth, presenting them as His best-case scenario for His church while ignoring His cautions, which highlight the limitations of those promises and the fallback position in the event of disobedience.
We Need To Measure Outdated Evangelical Cliches Against The Weights Of Scripture
Aphorisms like “God loves us unconditionally” and “God loves everyone the same way” are clarified by the whole teaching of Scripture on God’s love. The Bible frequently shows God’s love as being dependent on obedience. On the other hand, God’s love for His people is unconditional because of Christ.
Because He is a God of justice and righteousness as well, our God hates evil and those who commit evil acts. Jesus loves and forgives people unconditionally whether they accept His love or not. This is how He shows His unconditional love.
He even said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” as He was being crucified by those who despised, insulted, and rejected Him. And God is the same as Jesus (Hebrews 1:3). God loves not only those who believe in Him but everyone in this world and gives them eternal life.