The Father loves the Son because God IS love; He can never not love. His love is “agape,” that is, it does not depend on the response of the loved one. Whatever we may do, God’s love will not stop flowing to us.
Now, here’s the point: as the Father loves the Son, so Jesus loves us!!! This is an astounding, beautiful, transforming and wonderful truth, too good to be true–and yet it is true for all believers. This is because Jesus has purchased us and given us His righteousness, His guiltless record and His holiness.
We can exult with John as he wrote in 1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
So, we don’t have to try and live off the love others give us; instead we can live out of the Love God always gives us, being confident in His acceptance, forgiveness and liking us!
Knowing who we are, a deeply loved child of God, gives us a sense of worth, security and purpose in life.
Knowing how much we are loved, we can love, forgive and like ourselves! And others. We can rest in His love, abide in His love and revel in His love because it is wide like this field, secure, eternal and wholehearted. It is not based on us but upon His unchanging, all powerful nature. We ARE the apple of His eye!]