There is an old story about a man in China who was walking on a rain slick road. He lost his footing and fell into a ditch filled with mud. He kept sinking deeper and deeper in the mud. The more he struggled to get out of the ditch, the deeper he sank.
As he was sinking in the mud Buddha came by. Buddha looked at him and said, "My what a predicament you are in. Here is a paper that tells you ten ways to get out of ditches." The man started reading and he tried all ten ways to get out of the ditch, only to discover that the harder he tried the deeper he sank.
Then Confucius came along and looked at him, and said, "You are in a terrible condition, but I have good news for you. If you’ll take 5 steps toward me, I’ll take 5 steps down to meet you, and then together we will walk out of the ditch."
But the man said, "I couldn’t even take the 5 steps. The more I struggled the deeper I sink in the mud."
Then Jesus came by. Jesus looked at him, took off His crown and His royal robes, and got down in the ditch with him and He pushed him until his feet were on solid ground once again.
"From sinking sand He lifted me. With tender hands He lifted me. From shades of night to plains of light. Oh praise His name, He lifted me."
That is what love means. It means that Jesus Christ has lifted us out of the muck and the mire of our sin, and He has put our feet on solid ground.