Some would have us believe that God loves us despite our inherent unworthiness. What foolishness. What being, especially a divine one, could harbor such diametrically opposed feelings toward the same person. Love is the affirmation of worthiness.
This nonsense about our low esteem in the eyes of God and His love for us anyway does not exalt God as claimed. It just makes Him seem emotionally unstable and untrustworthy. Such also trivializes the entire concept of love.
Out of this idea of general unworthiness comes the church's contention that everyone deserves the eternal punishment they insist is God's ultimate plan for most of humanity. Divine love is foiled by human worthlessness, such that love is overruled. Then, as the church story goes, God sent Jesus so that some of his worthiness could rub off on a few.
What is it that we are supposed to be worthy of anyway? Love? Attention? Fellowship?
Why did God love in the first place, i.e. before Jesus? Why is that love thought to be temporary? Does it have to be renewed by something I do lest it lapse and consign me to torment? If the initial love was conditional, what makes any subsequent love lasting? Can God decide not to love me again in the future? The inevitable insecurity associated with such on again, off again love accounts for the religious anxiety and confusion so evident in Christianity.
If we had universal divine love before Christ (John 3:16) but it becomes selective and conditional afterward, then there are two types of love. One exists despite mankind's supposed unworthiness and another depends on mankind's achieving worth through proper religion. Neither type is the love Paul spoke about in I Corinthians 13. Real love must exist despite imperfections, but it never labels the imperfect as unworthy.