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Our readers asked:

Why Does God Love Us All So Much?

Neela Kale Answers:

god-loves-usGod loves us because God IS love — infinite and perfect love, greater than any love that we can imagine. Our human ability to love is finite and limited, and thus we have a tendency to put limitations on love itself. We think it makes sense to “earn” someone’s love or look for the reasons why another person loves us. But for God there is no earning of love — God’s love is an absolutely free gift of God’s very self to us. For God there are no reasons for love — God loves us because God is love itself. Amazing, isn’t it? This all-surpassing love that God has for us calls forth a response in us, as God invites us to share in the love that is God’s very self:

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:7-12)

The Author : Neela Kale
Neela Kale is a writer and catechetical minister based in the Archdiocese of Portland. She served with the Incarnate Word Missionaries in Mexico and earned a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology. Some of her best theological reflection happens on two wheels as she rides her bike around the hills of western Oregon.
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  • Mike

    Why Does God Love Us All So Much?
    He doesn’t. that is backwards thinking. He hates sinners, if God loved sinners then they’d all go to heaven.

    Jesus said, if you love me observe my commandments. not if I love you obey me. Jesus died out of love for His Father so His will can be done, Jesus did not die out of love for the sinner so there will can be done.

    Jesus said to repent, not to keep sinning.

    • leroy

      God does not hate the sinners he hate the actions of the sinner God hates sin itself

      • leroy

        Love and hate cant dwell in the same place

    • James

      God loves us, we can’t enter heaven with sin, so he sent his son in whom he is most pleased to die as punishment for out sins. He was a sacrifice for what we did. He did it because God loves us, if he didn’t Jesus’s teachings would have been much different

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