So often we hear this:
"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19, New International Version).
I have a thought. What if, we don't love because He first loved us? No, it's not a heretical attempt, it's a simple suggestion to an alternative explanation to the verse; because He has loved us, and yet some of us still don't love Him. What if, because He first loved us, we don't - but can - love?
What if, we can love because He first loved us? His love enables us to love, such that we love not only because we are loved first, but because we want His love. And such that we can operate under His love.
Just a thought.