"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God. But that, He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. This is how wonderful His agape love to us!