God does not send His Son in order that He might love the world. It is not that God can love the world once the Son has redeemed it a bit. No, in all its darkness and unbelief God loves the world andtherefore He gives His Son. We are not saved so that God might love us. We are saved because God loves us.
Therefore when we see Jesus given to us, it is not the sign that we are, in principle, now loveable. It is the proof that we are in fact loved. The Gift doesn’t purchase the love, the Gift proves the love.
Do you feel that God loves you? Look again at the Gift of the Son and you will see the Father – the Father of Jesus and your Father. See this Gift given to you and remember that He is yours not because you are good – you aren’t; not because you were receptive – you weren’t; but because of God’s own prior and indomitable love. See His nature expressed in Jesus. See Him spread His arms, though it cost Him His life, and know that this is the love of God for you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son
For similar thoughts, see He rescued me because He delighted in me.