“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love -- not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. (1 John 4:9-11 NLT)
We must love God, before we can be holy at all; this being
the root of all holiness. Now we cannot love God, till we know He loves us.
-- John Wesley