Who Does God Love?

Photo Credit: Tony Jase

Photo Credit: Tony Jase

There are many who think that God only loves those that fulfill a set of guidelines, or a certain chosen group, or devotees of a particular religion.

So, who does God love?

Speaking to a group of similarly segregation-minded Jews during his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exclaimed:

Matthew 5:
43.      “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
44.      But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45.      so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
46.      For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47.      And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48.      Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Why would God demand something of us that God then does not do?

God does love that way.

Because God is perfect, God loves perfectly. Don’t let others deny you the Love of God.

God loves you, perfectly.

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Pastor Tim Pastor-Tim says:

    Yes, awesome! God loves even those who do not love him right now. Salvation and redemption have already been accomplished for ALL people — but not everyone knows it yet. Christ Jesus reveals that God is love (First John). This is very good news indeed! :-)

  2. Again, I say AMEN!!! :-)

  3. Hi Trig –

    I happened on your site through the Progressive Christian Alliance. I agree with your thoughts and words on so many segments of faithful life…and I am wondering…have you considered using inclusive language for God and for people in general? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Peace to you,
    Marian
    Cathedral of Hope Salt Lake City

    • Thanks, Marian!

      Spiritually, my concepts of God and the cosmic consciousness that connects all of us together are only inclusive, a “both/and” proposition. God is masculine, God is feminine, God is neither, God is both…

      However, in practice, my life in popular culture has created a habit of using the “he” pronoun. I am trying to consciously re-program this tendency. You’ll see as you read through this blog, I do try and use “God” instead of gender-based pronouns.

      Someday I will wipe the impulse based “he” from my instinctive vocabulary!

      • Ah! What wonderful news!
        It is something I notice because masculine language for God is also sometimes a clue that the writer views God as male and that women don’t reflect the image of God. That didn’t seem to fit with what you write about living a life of faithfulness and the love of God for ALL people.

        I applaud your intent and your practice of using inclusive language…I enjoy your blog and I’ll be reading!

        Blessings to you, Trig –
        Marian

      • Right on brother! Love Wins! None Left Behind. check out Dr. Boyd Purcell’s “good news” book at: http://www.healingspiritualterrorism.com
        GOD IS LOVE and governs the universe with Laws Of Vibrational Energy = LOVE
        FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

        • He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John:4;8)NKJV
          And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.(1 John: 4;16)NKJV
          No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [Him]. (John: 1;18)NKJV
          No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.(1 John:4;5)NKJV
          So Then, If we are to believe the above and that God is indeed Love and that we are indeed able to abide in God’s love and to take that to ourselves and express that love one to another, without fear or favor. Then God is certainly not some great bogie man living out there in space somewhere but indeed lives within each and every one of us. If God abides in us as this scripture declares, Then he is with me and in me as i write these thoughts.
          For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. (Rom: 14;9)
          God is love and therefore the author of any love that i may have or may know. I only know how much i love my wife. Love my children. Love my grandchildren and indeed my great-grandchildren. Would i defend their right to life and a right to have that same Love and to worship this same God in freedom, yes indeed. Yet I can only, in turn, love my family with a love that was shown to me by my parents. I had to learn that love from loving parents. They set for me an example yet they also learnt, in turn from their parents. Christ sets an example for me, for while I was yet in sin (without any form of knowledge of God) he died for me on that cross on Calvary. In Gods plan it was always to be, from eternity’s past and will be into eternity’s future.
          As much as God covered our earthly parents, Adam when he realized he was naked, God again has confirmed that covering by sending his only begotten son to a cross on a hill called Calvary. Gods Christ was sent to confirm that covering for all mankind indeed all creation. “Not my will but thine be done” (Luke:22;42)
          As Adam is the earthly father of all mankind so is Christ the Savior of all mankind. The second Adam (1Cor:15;47)
          Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. NKJV (Heb:9;10) (Heb: 10;10)

  4. If I had to define what it means to be a Christian, I would say that it is one who realizes that there are none better than another, and one who leans on love in all things. A Christian is one who knows that the convict on death row is no worse than the preacher in the pulpit. It is one who has enough faith in God to know that He is bigger than our religious ideologies, and our all too common self righteous attitudes.

    Gods love is perfect, meaning impartial and complete. Jesus told us to be perfect in love (Impartial) like our heavenly father is impartial. If God exists then he surely rejects no one, but rather we reject Him by rejecting love. We have different religious texts describing different gods, which makes it very difficult for anyone to agree on the correct way to honor Him. We may never truly know and understand God fully, but we are capable of understanding love, and we are capable of seeing where love can lead us.

    Religion is a sentimental and personal thing to those following them. Christianity wants a Christian world. Muslims want a Muslim world, and so it goes. Those who don’t believe and follow the traditions of one religion are considered heathens by those who do, and so they cycle of intolerance, judgment of others, discrimination, etc. continues. It has no good end. There can be no unity nor can there be peace on earth until the varying religions come together in love desiring unity with “all” mankind …. Not just those who are of their fold.

    My problem isn’t with spiritual practices, but rather with the way many religions suggest that their practices, and doctrines, and rules, regulations, traditions, etc. are set in stone “truth”, and that all humanity must belief this or that in order to reach a place ‘somewhere’ out there. I believe that the life we lead today is most important. What we do for others, etc. Love isn’t about gaining eternal life, but about fixing the life we have today and making the lives of others better by sharing and extending our blessings with our neighbors.

    Have you ever heard the song “Let Love Rule” by: Lenny Kravitz? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXDqGJzzJR0 It’s a very inspirational song worth listening to at least a half dozen times. God loves all mankind no matter what we’ve done in life. Call me a love dove, or whatever you like, but love is the answer as far as I’m concerned (God is love) and God Loves us all. No if’s and’s or but’s about it! We’ve got to let God (Love) rule!

    James

  5. Raymond Heroux says:

    I am in complete agreement with your views, James. Thanks for sharing!’

  6. The following is in response to what James posted above. The claim that noone is any better than anyone else is false. The apostle Stephen , who in the book of Acts prayed for mercy towards those who stoned him , is certainly a morally better person, for example, than some sadistic monster of a serial killer who intentionally kills children out of a desire for sadistic fun , or a rapist .

    Jesus did indicate that some sins ARE worse than others when he told Pilate ‘that he who hath delivered me unto you , hath the greater sin’ .

    The term ‘greater sin ‘ is a turn of phrase that exists in contrast to the phrase lesser sin . The claim bandied about by many evangelicals that all sins are somehow equally bad to God , is NOT in keeping with what a number of Bible scriptures indicate …scriptures which do indicate that some sins are worse than others .

    • tim conard says:

      but, jason, you and i are only able to see things through human eyes and can only judge things based on an imperfect understanding.
      god’s grace and forgiveness is unconditional. jesus did not say ‘you must love your neighbor as you do yourself, unless he has committed one of the greater sins’. john did not say that god sent his son so that ‘the deserving’ would know eternal life.
      we are all sinners, we are all failures. st. stephen is no more able to jump across the ocean (or earn forgiveness without grace) than those who martyred him…

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