I was cleaning out my notes and I found this. It’s too brilliant to be mine but I have lost the reference.
The central defining truth of the believer is that in Christ God ascribed unsurpassable worth to us, though we did not deserve it. Hence, the central defining mark of disciples of Christ is that they in turn ascribe unconditional worth to themselves and all others, knowing that Christ died for them as well. “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16)
The thing that more than anything else demonstrates the reality of the loving, triune God is that we embody the reality of the triune God in our relationships with one another and with the world. Nothing less than the credibility of the gospel, the reputation of God, and the salvation of people hangs on our fulﬁlling the commandment to love.