God’s Love

God's Love

God’s love for all of his creation is evident throughout the Bible, which tells the story of how He wants all of mankind to live with Him as one holy family.

His love for mankind is so intense and without limits that it can even appear irrational or foolish to man. God continues to love mankind even though his people have repeatedly rejected his love.

This highest form of love that is voluntary and unconditional is called agape love. It cannot be earned.

God’s perfect love for the world is demonstrated in the Father sending his only Son to become man so that He could give his life on the Cross for his friends.

Following the example of Jesus, Catholics are commanded to love their neighbors with no conditions or expectations, just like God loves them.

The reality of God’s love:

The mystery of God’s love for us: 

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

1 Jn 4:16

A relationship of total love:

God loves us because of our weaknesses:

In the course of its history, Israel was able to discover that God had only one reason to reveal himself to them, a single motive for choosing them from among all peoples as his special possession: his sheer gratuitous love. And thanks to the prophets Israel understood that it was again out of love that God never stopped saving them and pardoning their unfaithfulness and sins.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 218

God’s covenant love expressed through Commandments:

God loves even in suffering:

We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John’s Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should … have eternal life”. In acknowledging the centrality of love, Christian faith has retained the core of Israel’s faith, while at the same time giving it new depth and breadth.

Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005

The most perfect form of love:

Only God can love you perfectly: 

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Jesus never made distinctions:

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