The high point in the demonstration of God’s love is his sending of his Son as the “atoning sacrifice” for our sins. “Dear friends,” John concludes, “since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (4:11). Do you see the point? Whatever the distinctive elements in the love of God, the same word is used for God’s love and the Christian’s love, and God’s love is both the and the incentive of our love. Doubtless God’s love is immeasurably richer than ours, in ways still to be explored, but they belong to the same genus, or the parallelisms could not be drawn. [Carson, D. A., The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Crossway Books, 2000), pg. 48].