“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
John wrote that “God is love” in order to make an ethical point, “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11) Could an observer learn from the quality and degree of love that I show to others — my husband? my family? my neighbors? people at church? people at work? — anything at all about the greatness of God’s love to me?
-from Knowing God, by J. I. Packer