1 John 3:16 NKJV
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
In this verse, John says the case to determine whether or not God has real love for us is closed. The evidence came out. He laid down His life for us. The verdict: God is guilty of loving us in the first degree. Everything else has to be judged in the light of the conclusive evidence. Let no one deceive you by any means. One thing is clear and will not change. God loves us.