Who does God love?
He loves His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. John 3:35 (NKJV)
God loves the world and every human being on earth.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)
God loves people who do not believe in Him.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 (NKJV)
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ Isaiah 65:1 (NIV)
A young Jewish man in Romania did not believe in God but he had an empty place in his soul.
He was fascinated by the faith of people who believed in a Divine Being. One day he saw a church service and he went in and stood at the back.
Then he spoke to God and said:
“Oh God, if you exist and I am sure you do not … but if you do exist, I hold that it is not my duty to believe but it is your duty to show yourself to me.”
One day this young man was on a long journey in the countryside. He stopped in a village to ask for a place to sleep. An old Christian man had been praying for many years for the privilege of leading a Jew to faith in Jesus Messiah. When he recognised this young traveller as a Jew, he eagerly offered him hospitality and treated him like royalty. He gave him a Bible to read, a Bible which he had prayed over fervently.
The young atheist read the Bible and Jesus came alive to him as he read. He began to weep and became a believer as he perceived the living truth and felt the living presence of the risen Jesus Christ, Messiah of Israel.
He began to share his faith and was persecuted by the Nazi German occupation. Then the Soviet Red Army came and the persecution was worse. But Richard Wurmbrand continued to fearlessly reach out even to the officers of the Red Army.
The preacher asked a Communist officer if he believed in God and the soldier replied he had no orders to believe in such a Being. Then the preacher challenged him. “But you pray, don’t you.” The atheist looked like a naughty child caught raiding the kitchen in the night. His defences were down and he freely confessed:
When the Germans surrounded us at Stalingrad, we all prayed. We prayed: “Oh God and Spirit of Mother, save us!”
The preacher said that was a very good prayer, the cry of the heart.
God loves the Jews for ever because He swore to be faithful to the offspring of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.
‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:32 (NKJV)
The survival of the Jewish people as a distinct people group through two thousand years of dispersion is a miraculous work of God. No other people has been dispersed as widely for so long without losing their identity.
God’s love is unconditional and for everyone. Does that mean everyone will enjoy God’s love forever? God has given you and me a choice. We can choose to love Him and enjoy His presence and favour in eternal loving friendship or we can persist in ignoring or rejecting Him.
If you choose to live without God in this world, then you will continue forever without Him, without His goodness, without His love, without His favour, without His life.