Does God love Christians more than the non-Christians?

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God loves all His children with unconditional love “for God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16). The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (1 John 2:2; Romans 5:8).

God’s love to people is in spite of their sin “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We don’t deserve God’s love “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But He is eager for the sinners to repent and accept His love “but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

However, God’s love for the world does not mean He will ignore their sins. God is also the God of justice (2 Thessalonians 1:6), therefore, sin will not go unpunished“ (Romans 3:25-26). Those that reject Christ as their Savior (2 Peter 2:1) will also receive God’s wrath on their sin (Romans 1:18), not His love (Romans 6:23).

While God loves everyone unconditionally, He only has a “love covenant” with those who accept Him “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

God loves everyone equally in that He is merciful to all but God can’t save those that don’t want to be saved. God can’t force His blessings on those that reject it “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Today, God is inviting all His children to drink freely from the cup of His salvation (John 7:37) but it is up to people to accept His invitation or reject it “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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