It was true. The tzaddik does love him, just as he loves each and every individual in the nation of Israel. But it made the man so proud.
If only we knew how much HaShem loves us. We'd walk around glowing each day, brimming over with exuberant pride.
HaShem calls us His first-born son, he loves us and redeems us from the deepest and darkest of places. The Tikkunei Zohar teaches that the final Beit HaMikdash will be built by HaShem for us, because he loves us so much!