Excerpts from:

Russell M. Nelson, “Divine Love,” Ensign, Feb. 2003, 20

While divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and 
universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional. The 
word does not appear in the scriptures. On the other hand, many verses 
affirm that the higher levels of love the Father and the Son feel for 
each of us—and certain divine blessings stemming from that love—are 
conditional. Before citing examples, it is well to recognize various 
forms of conditional expression in the scriptures...

Understanding that divine love and blessings are not truly 
“unconditional” can defend us against common fallacies such as these: 
“Since God’s love is unconditional, He will love me regardless …”; or 
“Since ‘God is love,’ He will love me unconditionally, regardless …”

These arguments are used by anti-Christs to woo people with deception. 
Nehor, for example, promoted himself by teaching falsehoods: He 
“testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last 
day, … for the Lord had created all men, … and, in the end, all men 
should have eternal life.” Sadly, some of the people believed Nehor’s 
fallacious and unconditional concepts.

In contrast to Nehor’s teachings, divine love warns us that “wickedness 
never was happiness.”  Jesus explains, “Come unto me and be ye saved; … 
except ye shall keep my commandments, … ye shall in no case enter into 
the kingdom of heaven.” 

Does this mean the Lord does not love the sinner? Of course not. Divine 
love is infinite and universal. The Savior loves both saints and 
sinners. The Apostle John affirmed, “We love him, because he first loved 
us.” And Nephi, upon seeing in vision the Lord’s mortal ministry, 
declared: “The world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a 
thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and 
they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he 
suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering 
towards the children of men.” We know the expansiveness of the 
Redeemer’s love because He died that all who die might live again.

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