Whoa whoa whoa!
Before everyone looks at me like I just dropped an F bomb in the middle of Sunday school, let’s look at what the Bible says:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him
Okay, this verse is clearly stating that God has a tremendous amount of love for those who respect and honor Him. Which then means that God regards people who respect Him in a different way than those who don’t
Despite what a lot of people think, God doesn’t listen to every body who calls out “Lord Lord” just because they want something, nor is he a door mat that gets walked on because he has no feelings
Here’s another one:
The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them
God has a special level of friendship reserved for those who fear him, and he reveals things to these people with a level of trust not given to others. He is literally confiding in those who respect him, this is a big endorsement of someone’s relationship with God
Okay, this makes sense, but how far does God’s preferential treatment really go?
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates
Yikes, God is described as hating someone… interesting!
But it is important to note that this is referencing people who are truly wicked and love violence, not just people who make some bad decisions here and there–these people have embraced a lifestyle of sin without apologies or second thoughts as they literally love it
So if God loves those who fear him “as high as the heavens are above the earth”, but “his soul hates” “the wicked and those who love violence”, it seems really hard to make the connection that God loves everyone equally
Judging by the scriptures above, God loves those who fear him, his obedient children, the most
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he will delight in the fear of the LORD
As a man, God loved Jesus incredibly because Jesus “delight[ed] in the fear of the Lord.” This verse shows that Jesus wasn’t above the same rules that are applied to us, in fact, he demonstrated them for us–respect for God leads to a greater relationship
By Jesus’ example, and God’s own spirit dwelling within us, we have the power to have a passionate and amazingly powerful relationship with God; a relationship focused on loving God and each other out of the purest desires of God’s own heart