Answering Kids’ Hardest Questions: Does God Love Everyone the Same?

This article is part of the Answering Kids’ Hardest Questions series.

God’s Love Is Different

Kids can ask really hard questions, and one question that kids can ask sometimes is, Does God love everyone the same?

First of all, God’s love is really different than ours because it’s so much bigger than we can understand from a human perspective. Another thing that makes that question tricky is that there are different ways you can answer it. God doesn’t love one type of person more than another.

Charlie and the Preschool Prodigal

Ginger M. Blomberg

This TGC Kids book retells the story of the prodigal son in an engaging and easily understandable way, spurring thoughtful discussion between parents and children ages 3–7 as they learn about sin, grace, and the unconditional love of God. 

So the Bible says that God loves little children and adults, that God loves men and women and they can both be part of his family. The people from all over the world from different tribes and nations and languages will all be part of his family and serve him. The Bible also says that God loves the whole world.

Second Peter 3:9 says that it’s his will that “none should perish.” And John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The Bible also says that some people will be called to be part of God’s family and that some people will live apart from him. God hates the sin that’s in us, but he sent his Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can have a relationship with him and be with him. The Bible also says that even when we’re part of God’s family we can grow in love and relationship with him.

We have a chance to be friends with God as we grow in understanding him and loving him and obeying his commandments.

In John 15:14 Jesus tells his disciples, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” So we have a chance to be friends with God as we grow in understanding him and loving him and obeying his commandments.

That’s kind of a complicated answer, but the most important thing is that we all need God’s love and grace in order to be saved. The Bible tells a story of the prodigal son, which is a story about two brothers. The younger brother wastes his father’s gift and then he goes back to apologize to his father, but he can never really pay back the hurt that he caused. The older brother tries to do everything right, but he thinks that by doing everything right it has earned him the right to shut out his brother and to tell his father what to do.

In the end, both of the brothers need God’s love and grace, and so does everyone else on earth today. And through Jesus’s sacrifice, we have the chance to live in God’s love and to live in fellowship and love with each other too.

Ginger M. Blomberg is the author of Charlie and the Preschool Prodigal.

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