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Does God Love Only Good People?

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As usual, Tom sat quietly during the first part of our small group bible study, just listening and thinking. Eventually, Tom would start talking, and what he had to say was always well thought-out, inspiring, and intriguing. I looked forward to the moment when Tom decided to join the conversation. But on this night, he shocked me with, “I just know I’m not going to heaven. I’ve done too many bad things in my life. God can’t love me. I’m just not good enough.”

Tom is a victim of a scam of guilt promoted by some churches. Though Tom would accept that God doesn’t hate sinners, he and others like him have difficulty in believing that God can in fact love them; they just don’t feel good enough. Does God love only good people?

First, the “goodness” Tom believes he lacks does not come from behavior, but from faith: “This righteousness (goodness) from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22-23) It’s not the amount of goodness or badness that matters – it’s what you believe.

God doesn’t care about our past; He cares about now. No matter how dark your past may be, where are you now? Do you feel distressed about past sins? Do you wish you could erase the sins of yesterday, and resist the sins of today? I know Tom does; he said so. To such a show of repentance Jesus would say, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

(This is an excerpt from the book I’m writing)

Are you like my friend Tom? Have you been wounded by flawed messages? If so, maybe check out the Facebook group, For Wounded Christians – A Place for Healing.

Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

2 thoughts on “Does God Love Only Good People?

  1. Luke 7:36-50Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

    36 And a certain one of the Pharisees was asking him that he might eat with him, and having gone into the house of the Pharisee he reclined (at meat),
    37 and lo, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having known that he reclineth (at meat) in the house of the Pharisee, having provided an alabaster box of ointment,
    38 and having stood behind, beside his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with the tears, and with the hairs of her head she was wiping, and was kissing his feet, and was anointing with the ointment.
    39 And the Pharisee who did call him, having seen, spake within himself, saying, `This one, if he were a prophet, would have known who and of what kind [is] the woman who doth touch him, that she is a sinner.’
    40 And Jesus answering said unto him, `Simon, I have something to say to thee;’ and he saith, `Teacher, say on.’
    41 `Two debtors were to a certain creditor; the one was owing five hundred denaries, and the other fifty;
    42 and they not having [wherewith] to give back, he forgave both; which then of them, say thou, will love him more?’
    43 And Simon answering said, `I suppose that to whom he forgave the more;’ and he said to him, `Rightly thou didst judge.’
    44 And having turned unto the woman, he said to Simon, `Seest thou this woman? I entered into thy house; water for my feet thou didst not give, but this woman with tears did wet my feet, and with the hairs of her head did wipe;
    45 a kiss to me thou didst not give, but this woman, from what [time] I came in, did not cease kissing my feet;
    46 with oil my head thou didst not anoint, but this woman with ointment did anoint my feet;
    47 therefore I say to thee, her many sins have been forgiven, because she did love much; but to whom little is forgiven, little he doth love.’
    48 And he said to her, `Thy sins have been forgiven;’
    49 and those reclining with him (at meat) began to say within themselves, `Who is this, who also doth forgive sins?’
    50 and he said unto the woman, `Thy faith have saved thee, be going on to peace.’
    Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
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  2. God’s love is unconditional but most people do not understand what that means. If you ask why God loves you the answer is simple, “Because God exists.” To be otherwise would mean there are conditions. Because God exist God loves, this never changes because God will always be and therefore God’s love will always be. So, from where does forgiveness come? The answer is from yourself. Learn how to forgive yourself and when you can do this you can learn to love yourself. When you can love yourself then you can learn to love God then you can love others.

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