While gazing upon my two sons I’m reminded of how well they are LOVED, not perfectly from their parents but more so by God!
This is what God tells me in the Bible about how he loves them. He saved them, “because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave (them) in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2
Timothy 1:9). Before creation he loved them like this.
We don’t follow God to be loved; we are loved, so we follow Him. (Neil T. Anderson)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-5)