John 3:16 -- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 10:17-18 -- For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I receive from my Father.
John 15:13 -- Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 5:6 & 8 -- For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Prayer by Dale Taliaferro --
"I don't remember what the circumstances were that led me to prayer -- 'Lord, I want to be changed. The rest of my life I want to be know for expressing Your love and grace in all situations while holding fast to Your Word.' Loving others is supposed to be a testimony to the world that we are followers of Jesus. Showing grace to them overcomes their resistance to the spiritual realities centered in Jesus."