Before you can love others, you must receive God’s love for yourself, because you cannot give away something you don’t have.
God deeply and intimately loves you! His love for you is unconditional—no strings attached, and there is nothing that you can do to get God not to love you. Indeed, Romans 8:38-39 says that there is nothing that can ever separate us from God’s love.
Knowing that God loves you is central to your understanding of the Gospel, for the entire Gospel is based on God’s love (See John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10). The good news is that God hasn’t withheld His love from us; instead,God has poured out his love into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
But what do we do with that love? We know God loves us, but so what? What should we do with God’s love? Give it away!Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11).