What if Jesus loved everyone

Does God love everyone or just Christians?



In a sense, God loves everyone in the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2: 2; Romans 5: 8). This love is not conditional - it is based on God being the God of love (1 John 4: 8-16). God's love for all humanity could be viewed as “gracious love”, since it results in the fact that God does not directly punish people for their sins (Romans 3:23; 6:23). “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and makes it rain on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). This is another example of God's love for all - his gracious love, his benevolence, which extends to everyone, not just Christians.

God's merciful love for the world is also evident in the fact that God gives people the opportunity to repent: “The Lord does not delay the promise,. . . but he has patience with you and does not want anyone to be lost, but for everyone to find repentance ”(2 Peter 3: 9). God's unconditional love is related to his general call to salvation and what is often referred to as his tolerant or perfect will - the aspect of God's will that reveals his attitude and defines what pleases him.

However, God's love for everyone does not mean that everyone will be redeemed (see Matthew 25:46). God will not ignore sin because he is a God of righteousness (2 Thessalonians 1: 6). Sin cannot go unpunished forever (Romans 3: 25-26). If God simply ignored sin and allowed it to continue wreaking havoc on creation forever, then He would not be love. Ignoring God's merciful love, rejecting Christ, or denying the Savior who redeemed us (2 Peter 2: 1) is to submit to the wrath of God for eternity (Romans 1:18), not to His love.

God's love that makes sinners righteous does not extend to all but only to those who believe in Jesus Christ (Romans 5: 1). The love of God that brings people close to the Lord does not extend to everyone but only to those who love the Son of God (John 14:21). This love could be seen as God's “covenant love”, and it is conditional, given only to those who set their faith in Jesus for redemption (John 3:36). Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are loved unconditionally, surely, and forever.

Does God love everyone? Yes, he shows mercy and kindness towards everyone. Does God love Christians more than non-Christians? No, not in terms of his merciful love. Does God love Christians in a different way than non-Christians? Yes, because the believers have exercised faith in the Son of God, they are redeemed. God has a unique relationship with Christians in that only Christians have forgiveness based on God's eternal grace. The unconditional, merciful love that God has for all should lead us to faith and receive with gratitude the conditional love of the covenant that He grants to those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.

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