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Understanding The Love of God

Does God love everybody (or everything)?  I found D. A. Carson’s Categories in The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God very helpful here.  He breaks God's love into 4 parts.

1)God’s providential love over all that he has made - God loves birds, and cows, and insects, and even cats.  God loves inanimate objects like mountains and iron.
"God creates everything, and before there is a whiff of sin, he pronounces all that he has made to be ‘good’ (Gen. 1).  This is the product of a loving Creator…The birds of the air find food, but that is the result of God’s living providence, and not a sparrow falls from the sky apart from the sanction of the Almighty (Matt 6).  If this were not a benevolent providence, a loving providence, then the moral lesson that Jesus drives home, viz. that this God can be trusted to provide for his own people, would be incoherent.” (16-17)
2)God’s salvific stance toward his fallen world - Can you say to your nextdoor neighbor who doesn't know Christ, “G…