God: makes it plain that HE Loves us…
1 John 4:19 (KJV) “We love him, because he first loved us”.
When we speak of love it is done with duplication because we are duplicating the actions taught to us by GOd Himself. He loves us so He demonstrates the love by actions; He created us, sustains us, cares for us through it all and He ensures that we are protected against His foes.
We say we love and we demand, we cajole, we bribe and we put up a fit when we don’t get our own way. When it gets difficult in a relationship we walk away, because the effort is too much for us to bear; and also the gratification of the flesh has been abated.
Our love if not sustained by the working of the SPirit of God will fizzle out and crash; the Love of God will go the distance.
When He says He loves me (us), it is a love I can ascribe to so I whisper back “I love you”.