Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Does God Love Everyone?

Part 2: Does God Love Everyone?

Does God really love everyone? Many in the gay movement would say that those who disagree with their beliefs are fueled by hate. In my last post we delved into the question, “What Does The Bible Actually Say About Homosexuality?” Now we will try to understand what love truly is. This question has been bounced around for centuries and has become even more prevalent in the midst of the homosexuality movement. Well before we try to understand if God loves everyone we should define love. The word ‘love’ is tossed around so much that some would say it has lost its meaning. We say we love our cars, our favorite song, and each other. But the love God has for us is different than any type of love that exists.

I said it before and I’ll say it again; God loves every person and hates every sin. As Christians we believe that man is separated from God because of our sins (Isaiah 59:2). A perfect God cannot have a relationship with sinful people. That is why God had to send Jesus. No matter how hard we try we cannot work our way back to God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Sin is so ugly someone had to die to pay the price. And that is what Jesus did on the Cross. God extends the opportunity of salvation to each and every person that lives, but He doesn’t force us to accept Him. That is not love. Therefore He gives us a choice. God loves us enough to die for us yet also loves us enough not to force us to love Him in return. Just think about it. In relationships sometimes we have to let people go if they don’t want to be with us. Would it be love to kidnap and force someone to be with us if they did not want to? Of course not.

Those who do not choose Jesus are separated from God. If they die in that state they die apart from God and will therefore spend eternity away from Him in hell (Revelation 21:8). Real followers of Christ don’t want anyone to end up in that situation. Neither does God.  Many people who are unsaved cannot realize God’s truth because their minds are clouded by their sins. I believe that hurting someone’s feelings temporarily, but ultimately leading them to eternal salvation is better than letting them continue to live apart from God and spend eternity away from His goodness. And so does God.

Most people look at love as being nice or just doing what the other person wants. The ‘love’ that most people refer to is just about making friends and family feel good. But God’s love is a higher form of love than anything humans can ever know. His love is the Greek word agape. When the Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8) this is the type of love it refers to. Not just a brotherly love or a romantic love, but a selfless and sacrificial love. Agape love is ultimately displayed in Jesus dying for our sins. God loves us enough to tell us when we’re wrong so that He can make us right. This type of love is beyond feelings. It tells the truth and may hurt our feelings at times. But it is for a greater purpose.

When a school district won’t let a young boy who identifies as a girl use the girls’ restroom, then people call it hate. When Christians explain the importance of a child having a father and mother, then it is being close-minded. When Christians calmly and intelligibly explain that our faith condemns homosexuality, but we truly do love all people; they say we are intolerant. We love you enough, God loves you enough, to tell you the truth in an attempt to let Jesus save your soul and allow you to love your best life.

If you don’t know Jesus, then be honest with yourself. You’re missing something. There is a gaping hole in your soul. Sometimes you lay awake at night wondering if God exists and if He cares. Even in crowds you feel alone. God does care. He loves you, but He will not force you to love Him. Let go of your sin and accept salvation through Jesus Christ right now!

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins 

may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may 

come from the Lord, 
Acts 3:19 NIV

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