The churches in the world today almost UNIVERSALLY believe that God loves ALL MEN equally – showing no favoritism – AFTER ALL, they say, God is not a respecter of persons! What does your BIBLE say – the very words GOD HIMSELF inspired to be written for you?You’ll find that it says that God does NOT love all men Equally! He, Himself said so!
Psalms 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul HATETH
Yes, the Lord HATES the wicked! He does NOT LOVE HIM the same as a RIGHTEOUS man!
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
He LOVES and HEARS the righteous – and HATES the wicked! Consider Daniel – Why was he LOVED by God?
Daniel 9:23 (The Angel Gabriel speaking)… I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Now read the REASON God loved HIM, HEARD his prayer, and ANSWERED IT!
Ezekiel 14:20-21 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls BY THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Righteousness of these three men was what God said would DELIVER them! It was the RIGHTEOUSNESS, literally the Right-doing of these men, the obeying of the commands of God, or to put it succinctly the WORKS of Daniel that made God LOVE HIM!
Psalms 146:8 …. the LORD loveth the righteous!
But, they say, that was all Old Testament stuff – That doesn’t apply to us today – Jesus changed all that!
Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that FEARETH him, and WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS, is accepted with him.
The Apostle Peter certainly would have known if righteousness, if WORKS had been done away – and yet he was INSPIRED BY GOD to say “He that WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS is ACCEPTED BY HIM!”
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
If you claim to have FAITH in Christ, but don’t have the WORKS he COMMANDED, your faith in him a FALSE, DECIEVED faith, and it is DEAD!
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Just “believing” God exists, or believing something ABOUT Him, isn’t enough – Satan believes God exists, and that Christ died for our sins – but that will not save him, will it?
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith WITHOUT thy works, and I will shew thee my faith BY MY WORKS
How can YOU tell a MAN OF GOD from a follower of the DEVIL? Again, your Bible holds the answer! The children of God have WORKS!
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
If someone tells you that WORKS are not important, then scripture says that man is FOLLOWING THE DEVIL!
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
The “Apostle of Love”, John, says that without righteousness, without KEEPING the commandments, without WORKS, YOU are not of God! And if you’re not of God, if you are a wicked, or UNrighteous person, God HATES YOU!
If you have taken this to heart, if you want to CHANGE, and want God to LOVE you as he so desperately WANTS to be able to do, YOUR BIBLE tells you HOW! No man can tell you the way, but YOU can SEE for YOURSELF WHAT GOD says!
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and He WILL draw nigh to you! CLEANSE your hands, ye sinners; and PURIFY your hearts, ye double minded.
Ezekiel 18:21-22 But IF the wicked will TURN FROM ALL HIS SINS that he hath committed, and KEEP ALL my statutes, and DO that which is lawful and right, he SHALL SURELY LIVE, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS that he hath done he shall live.
HOW do you get God to LOVE YOU above other men? Get God to HEAR when you cry unto him? You’ve just read in your own Bible that it is through WORKS!