Two kinds of love

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)
In chapter three John records that God loves the whole world, and in chapter fourteen, that God loves those who obey His Son, Jesus Christ. How do we understand this? People seem to vacillate between the two, but both are, obviously, true.
If we look at our own lives we have, basically, two kinds of love: relational and non-relational. We love our spouses, our children, our close friends in a deeper way than people we don’t know or hardly know, and that is only natural. According to God’s word there should not be one person on the planet we don’t love, as this is true with our Father. This is non-relational love. And with those close to us, it’s relational love.
So, God loves the whole world, but it’s a one-way street, the love is not requited. So, this fact brings the wrath of God upon these very same ones He loves.
So God’s relational love is wonderful, and His non-relational love, demonstrated in Christ dying for a world which did not love Him, is the basis for man’s condemnation when He refuses to obey this same Son of God who was crucified for them.

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