Is Jesus saying we’ve got to earn the love of God by being good? Remember, when we study the Word of God we always want to look at Scripture in light of Scripture. There’s no doubt that we are saved by faith alone. But there’s also no doubt that the way that we prove we are really saved is how we obey God willingly. Think about it this way. It’s not like God doesn’t love bad little boys and girls, because God loves everyone. For instance, as a loving parent, you love your children no matter what they do. If they’re bad, you still love them. But when that child consistently obeys you, you appreciate that child even more! Why? Because that child is saying, “I trust you enough to do what you’re asking me to do!” Life is better for them, and for you, when they do.
It’s the same way with God. God loves all of us even when we’re bad. But God surely does love it more when we’re obedient to Him. Because God knows that when we trust Him, we really do love Him! He appreciates that, like any parent would.