For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
The message I got from this verse is that God does not save by love. He saves by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
God does save us BECAUSE HE loves us, but He actually saves us by GRACE.