Vatican City, Jun 14, 2017 / 02:47 am
On Wednesday, Pope Francis said that God's love isn't something we earn or deserve by our good works, but that it is free and unconditional – no matter what.
"God's first step towards us is that of an anticipated and unconditional love. God loves first," Pope Francis said June 14.
"God does not love us because there is some reason that causes love. God loves us because He Himself is love, and love tends to spread and give by its nature. God does not even tie his benevolence to our conversion: if anything this is a consequence of God's love."
"Saint Paul says it perfectly," he continued: "'God demonstrates his love for us in the fact that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Rm 5:8)."