Sometimes the discussions in the Church regarding the nature and extent 
of God's love occur in reaction to the positions of others. Those, for 
instance, who feel God's love is unconditional--as if somehow his caring 
for us made Him uncaring about our sins--see themselves moving to the 
"starboard side" in order to balance those who feel God's love is 
severely conditional, and vice versa.

God loves all His spirit children. How could it be otherwise, since He 
is a perfect Father? In that sense His love is universal and everlasting 
for all of His children. But He does not and cannot love our wickedness: 
"For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance" 
(D&C 1:31). He does not and cannot approve of the things we do that are 
wrong, nor will He say on Judgment Day, "Well done, thou good and 
faithful servant" to those who have been wicked or who have been poor 
performers. His perfect integrity and His perfected attributes of truth 
and justice would not permit it. Nor can our Heavenly Father reward us 
evenly, because our deeds and our degrees of righteousness are so very 
uneven. Of necessity, therefore, we are told there are "many mansions" 
in His house, and only of the comparative few can it be said, "all that 
my Father hath shall be given" (John 14:2; D&C 84:38). It is especially 
of such faithful that Paul writes: "Who shall separate us from the love 
of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or 
nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . Nor height, nor depth, nor any 
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which 
is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35, 39.)

It is because God loves us, however, that He seeks with such vigor and 
long-suffering to separate us from our sins, which He hates. He 
continues to care for us even when He cannot approve of us. Yet 
ultimately we cannot go where He is unless He fully approves of us. This 
outcome, however, reflects the consequences of divine justice, not His 
love for us, which persists.

Likewise it is because He loves us that His redemptive arm "is 
lengthened out all the day long" (2 Nephi 28:32). Yet even after all of 
His outreaching and loving long-suffering, there will follow the 
judgment and justice of God. Thus His long-suffering is not indulgence 
masquerading as mercy.

God will never stop loving all of His spirit children, including those 
who go to the telestial kingdom, a kingdom of glory which, because of 
God's generosity, "surpasses all understanding" (D&C 76:89).

Thus the hard, cold fact is that how we use our moral agency does not 
result in a withdrawal of God's love but does determine the ways and the 
degrees to which a loving God can express His love of us. Only the most 
righteous will receive His praise, His approval, and enjoy His presence. 
These supernal blessings are conditionally bestowed. However, as a 
perfect Father He loves all of His spirit children! The more we 
understand His character and His love, the more poignant is any 
separation from Him.

(Neal A. Maxwell, _If Thou Endure It Well_, p. 34)

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