“Love is not what we do but what God has done, is doing and Will do through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ” – Anonymous
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
To understand the verse above to mean that it’s beyond believers ‘only’, we must read it (in context) with the verse below which occurs in this ‘same’ letter, by the ‘same’ apostle John’s writing talking about the ‘same’ — > “His Propitiation” (eventual ending or turning away of the Wrath of God upon sins of ‘believers’ & ‘whole world’ too!) —> “as it is written” in verse below ‘Perfectly’:
“and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
Our human-love (any type) is tainted & imperfect. For the ‘loving acts we do’, we hope for a ‘reward’ be it ‘eternal life’, ‘blessings or good things in this life’ or both.
In short, we don’t have the ‘Perfect Love’ that ‘Christ Alone posseses’ to be able ‘to Love in Words & Deeds’ without ‘gaining anything for Himself’ nor ‘hoping even for them to be thankful to Him despite His kindness’ as it is written:
““But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:39 – 48, NASB)
Want to know more about Christ’s Perfect Love?
1 Corinthians 13