I used to think God loved us, all right, but sort of in an aloof way.
But I thought about how the Patriarchs raved about His love and His goodness.
And I remembered a NT verse where He tells us to be kind to one another, compassionate/tenderhearted, forgiving one another.
I thought about how Jesus just had to tell the woman who had lost her son at Nain, "Don't cry," before He raised him from the dead. And how He says, "Let the children come to me, don't forbid them. The Kingdom of Heaven is like this."
And I know that He is kind, tenderhearted/compassionate, as He told us to be.
And that He disciplines all those He loves, NT, "so that it will go well with you," OT.
I love God. He *loved* us first.