“We love because he loved us first.”
1 John 4.19
God is love, John wrote, 1 Jn 4.8, 16. It is his nature. All he does is an expression of love. He created man in order to show love. Love is not self-contained. God takes the initiative in love. Our love is a response to his.
“… when you feel in your bones the meaning of God’s grace, you will want to lead a more godly life than ever. But the difference is this: you do it in response to God’s love, rather than to earn that love.” —A.L. McGinnis, Confidence.