John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16 John 3:16..... "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. We see the love of God poured out lavishly upon us . God loves us so much that He sacrificed His own Son to die on a cruel cross. God's love is unconditional and everlasting . God is telling us of His great love to the world and all we have to do is believe. Jesus said that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. 1 John 3:16 ..... This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers Now because of God's great love He is telling us about the love of Jesus and what He did for us and because Jesus laid down His life for us we need to lay down our lives for others. I don't think it means physically die fo others but to serve others and if we see a brother or sister in need we are to help them . Jesus is teaching us to love our neibours as ourselves ... Mark 12: 28-33 . An example of that love can be found in Luke 10: 29-37 where Jesus tells the story of the Samaritan who went out of his way to help a wounded stranger. Agape love is self giving love . John calls us to love because God desires for His people to have a love that reaches out to help others even one's enemies . This is what God has done in Christ and what His people are to do in the world .