God sees everyone either “in Christ” or “in Adam”. In Adam, we were the “children of wrath”. God chose us because He loved us, yet it is not the same as He loved His Son. It is only in Christ, God loves us as He loves His Son.
There is a kind of love that moves God to come and die for sinners in order that we can become the apple of His eyes. In other words, because God loved us, He chose us, so He can love us as His Son.