While Divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional. The word does not appear in the scriptures. On the other hand, many verses affirm that the higher levels of love the Father and the Son feel for each of us – and certain divine blessings stemming from that love – are conditional. . . .
Understanding that divine love and blessings are not truly “unconditional” can defend us against common fallacies such as these: “Since God’s love is unconditional, He will love me regardless. . .”; or “Since ‘God is love,’ He will love me unconditionally, regardless. . . .”
These arguments are used by anti-Christs to woo people with deception. Nehor, for example, promoted himself by teaching falsehoods: He “testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, . . . for the Lord had created all men, . . . and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.” Sadly, some of the people believed Nehor’s fallacious and unconditional concepts. . . .
Does this mean the Lord does not love the sinner? Of course not. Divine love is infinite and universal. The Savior loves both saints and sinners. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Divine Love,” Ensign, February 2003, pp. 20-24
The resplendent bouquet of God’s love – including eternal life – includes blessings for which we must qualify, not entitlements to be expected unworthily. Sinners cannot bend His will to theirs and require Him to bless them in sin. (See Alma 11:37) — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Divine Love,” Ensign, February 2003, p. 24
The more committed we become to patterning our lives after His, the purer and more divine our love becomes.
Perhaps no love in mortality approaches the divine more than the love parents have for their children. As parents, we have the same obligation to teach obedience that our heavenly parents felt obliged to teach us. While we can teach the need for tolerance of others’ differences, we cannot tolerate their infractions of the laws of God. Our children are to be taught the doctrines of the kingdom, to trust in the Lord, and to know that they receive the blessings of His love by first obeying His commandments. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Divine Love,” Ensign, February 2003, p. 25