Bible: 1 John 4:7-19

God is Love

4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because 1  love is from God, and everyone who loves 2  has been fathered 3  by God and knows God. 4:8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 4  4:9 By this 5  the love of God 6  is revealed in us: 7  that God has sent his one and only 8  Son into the world so that we may live through him. 4:10 In this 9  is love: not that 10  we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice 11  for our sins.

4:11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then 12  we also ought to love one another. 13  4:12 No one has seen God at any time. 14  If we love one another, God resides 15  in us, and his love is perfected in us. 16  4:13 By this 17  we know that we reside in God 18  and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. 19  4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior 20  of the world.

4:15 If anyone 21  confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides 22  in him and he in God. 4:16 And we have come to know and to believe 23  the love that God has in us. 24  God is love, and the one who resides 25  in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 4:17 By this 26  love is perfected with 27  us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus 28  is, so also are we in this world. 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 29  The 30  one who fears punishment 31  has not been perfected in love. 4:19 We love 32  because he loved us first.

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