We must not think that God loves us because Jesus intervened between his wrath and us, and made Him love us … We cannot separate between them. It was the one purpose of Jesus to dispel such untrue conceptions concerning God and to make man see that his own life and love were a true reflection of the depths of God’s heart. The love of God was not caused by the death of Jesus, but caused it. God did not love us because Jesus died; but Jesus died because God loved us so much as to give Him up to the death for us all. God loved us from eternity… Though God’s love was not caused by Christ, it comes to us in Him.
–A wee running discourse on love, selected from the writings of F.B Meyer ( 2nd and final part)