The opening prayer for the Busy Persons' retreat has one of my favorite Scripture passages. It is from I John 4:7-12. I will only copy here one sentence/ "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that God loved us..."
I would put this in the present tense.
I am just convinced that God made us so He can love us and we just need to allow Him to love us. Stay connected. The Pope in his exhortation to young people and to the entire people of God, Christus Vivit, tells us to "stay connected to Jesus, to 'remain online' with him..." He goes on to say that just as we try not to lose our connection with the internet, we need to make sure we stay connected to the Lord."