The love of God transcends human reasoning and understanding. It will take the help of the Holy Spirit to understand the width and depth of it. Nevertheless, we will still be limited in our minds to grasp it all. Or else, how can God loves everybody and sinners the same. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us the more even as a believer and to unbeliever.
GOD IS LOVE
Love is the nature and character of God. It is who HE is; His love is not depending on who or what we are. His love for us all is unconditional. The love of God to mankind is not a function of what we do and not do. Because it is not an emotional love. God does not start to love believers/Christians, it was out of love that He extends the hands of salvation to them even when they were yet sinners by sending Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world. Come to think of it, how can He hate the works of His hands? All creatures are His handiwork and He loves them dearly!
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 (NLT)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
LOVE DON’T STAND ALONE
God loves everybody, because, love doesn’t exist in isolation. You cannot genuinely love someone and the same time lack patience and endurance in dealing with them. The consistency in displaying the spirit of love is dependent on availability of the spirits of patience and endurance. Otherwise, the reciprocation of love will only be to those we received it from. There will not be capacity to love the unlovable and so-called enemies.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7(NIV)
THE STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
The story of the prodigal son being told by Jesus typifies the nature of God-the heart of a loving father. The story depicts a son that is wayward, unruly, revelry, impatient, covetous, but to mention a few. Despite what the son did, the father still received him back with an open arms and jubilation. Surprisingly, he was restored back to son-ship. A father’s love never dies! (Luke 15:11-32)
God loves people the same, but honour only those who honour Him. Your level of obedience to God determines the level of honour ( rewards) you get from Him. Honour is a seed for access…. Mike Murdoch
WHAT GOD EXPECTS FROM MANKIND
This is where it gets more interesting. If God loves everybody does it mean we have the freedom to sin or to do what we like? No, Madams! No, sirs! The love of God must be reciprocated. God sows the seed of love so that He may get the harvest of it. Little wonder God says in the scriptures that. ”IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.”(John 14:15-31) Failure to do that we result in you being discounted from His acts of benevolence, and ultimately not making it to heaven, the eternal home of people that are loyal to Him.
IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED
God loves everybody and hates nobody; nevertheless hates sins! (Prov 6:16) Therefore, you can either please Him or displease Him. When God is pleased with a man/woman, it means God is pleased with the way such person is living his/her life. It means such person live in the fear of God and obedience to His commands.
The desire of God is to see all men live their lives pleasing Him. It is what differentiates believers from unbelievers, likewise one believer from another. It is a major factor that would determine who will go to HEAVEN or HELL. The question we must all ask ourselves, is, ”AM I LIVING MY LIFE TO PLEASE GOD?” If your answer and mine is YES, then we are in the right part of God. We all must live our lives pleasing God.
SCRIPTURES ON PLEASING GOD
But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock–even the fattest of them. And the LORD was pleased with Abel and his offering, Genesis 4:4(NET)
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own. 1 Samuel 12:22 (NIV)
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 (ESV)
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9 (NLT)
This is my conclusion. The love of God to us all no doubt, is unquestionable. He cannot afford not to love. Because that is who HE is. But to enjoy His blessings and relationship, we must all live our lives to please Him, in faith, reverence, holiness, love, trust and obedience. So that He can say to us all like He said to Jesus, ‘ THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED’. (Matthew 3:17)
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