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God’s Love Is Reserved For The Fearful

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”Psalm 103:11-12, 17-18

A common perception of God is that He loves all of His creation equally, that His love for all men is the same. But these verses seem to indicate that God reserves His love for those who honor and fear Him. Is it right to say that God loves some people more than others?

In my post just a few days ago, I indicated that Scripture makes reference to God not only hating sin, but also sometimes He hates the sinner. That would be consistent with the idea that He reserves His love for only a select group. Yet, the idea that God loves all men equally has been so thrust upon me during my education that it is hard to even write down the idea that it might not be true. Could it really be that God hates men who harbor evil in their heart? My Bible reading of late certainly seems to support the idea.

One other thing to note in this passage – see how God's righteousness is extended to future generations of the faithful – to “their children's children”. I love the idea of multi-generational blessing. The thought that living a righteous life today might have the effect of seeing God's blessing poured out on my children and future grandchildren is highly motivating.

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