Does God Still Love Souls in Hell? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Lee from Wisconsin asks a question that tugs at the heartstrings: “Does God still love the souls in hell?” You have to hear Patrick Madrid’s response!


Key Takeaways:


God’s Everlasting Love:


Unchanging Love: Patrick reassures us that God’s love never ceases, even for those in hell. He holds them in existence, which is a profound sign of His undying love.


Created for Love: Imagine this: God knew you, and each one of us, from all eternity. He created us out of love, fully aware of our destinies, yet He chose to bring us into existence.



God’s Timeless Perspective:


Beyond Time: God doesn’t see time like we do. For Him, everything is an eternal “now.” This eternal perspective means His love and knowledge are always present and constant.



Balancing Justice and Mercy:


Justice in Love: While God’s justice means punishment for disobedience, it doesn’t negate His love. Holding even the damned in existence is an act of His love.


Fixed Decisions: Once a soul is in hell, their decision is irrevocable. They cannot repent because they lack the supernatural virtue of charity needed to love God.


The Moment of Judgment:


Final Chance: Forgiveness is available up to the point of death. After death, the opportunity for repentance ends. As Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed for man to die once, and then the judgment.”


Act of Contrition: A sincere act of contrition at the moment of death can restore one to grace. This should remind us of the importance of being always ready through daily acts of contrition.


Heartfelt Advice:


Daily Contrition: Patrick gently urges us to make a habit of daily contrition. Picture this: before you drive, before you sleep, whisper a heartfelt, “Lord, I love You. I’m sorry for my sins. Please forgive me.” This simple habit keeps us ready to meet God, no matter what happens.


Conclusion: Patrick Madrid’s words remind us that God’s love is a constant, unyielding force, even for those who turn away from Him. His perfect balance of justice and mercy calls us to live in a state of readiness and love.


Your Daily Devotion: “Lord, I love You with all my heart. I’m sorry for my sins. Please forgive me. I am more sorry because I love You and know You love me than I am about fear of punishment.”

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.