Does God love everyone?

God loves Himself. The Three Persons of the Trinity love one another. God loves Jesus and Mary, who are both sinless and exceedingly holy. God even loves repentant sinners. Fine. But does God love everyone? Worst case scenario, worst persons on earth, does God love every single human person without any exception? The overly-simplistic answer is that God loves everyone.

But in truth, there are some limitations on God’s love — not on His part, but on ours. “It is not enough for God to be on our side. We must be on His.” — Saint Joan of Arc. God loves even the most wicked persons on earth — true. But all persons who are unrepentant from actual mortal sin have rejected the love of God. They are bereft of the love of God, due to their own free and knowing choices. God wills everyone to be saved; this is termed the universal salvific will of God. But God does not force us poor sinners to give up our sins and live a life of love. If you choose to reject the love of God and neighbor, by refusal to repent from actual mortal sin, God does not force you to love. In such cases, the person is loved by God, but fails to benefit from that love, due to his or her own refusal to avoid mortal sin, or at least to repent.

God loves everyone, but you can still end up in Hell, by rejecting the offer to love God and neighbor.

Does God love one person more than another? God is love. He never changes. And God is His acts. So, on His part, He does not love any more or less, depending on the person or their decisions. He cannot change. However, those who accept more of His grace, love more, and so they have benefited more from the love of God. They receive more of the love of God, due to their own holiness (which is itself a gift from God). This is true because they have accepted more of the love of God. He loves them more, in the sense that they have accepted more of His love.

In addition, God offers more grace to some persons, such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, and less to other persons. One person therefore receives more grace, having been offered more, and another person receives less grace, having been offered less. But the one who is offered less, even so, his cup overflows. Those who are offered more grace, and who accept that grace, love others more, and so in a sense they are loved more by God. But this is only true on their part, having received more grace, they have received and also express more love.

See my past post: Does God hate anything? What does God hate?

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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