From Thomas A. Jones’ God’s Perfect Plan for Imperfect People:
Jesus clearly showed us what God had been doing all along — facing pain for us. But in Jesus we see God does not love us by sitting on the sidelines and shouting, “I love you.” No, enters into our suffering and bears burdens we could not bear. This is not because we deserve for him to do this. It is an act of pure grace. And now we are called to go into the hard places and live among others “just as Christ loved us.