But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:1