Bible: 1 John 4:8-21

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

4:11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then 9  we also ought to love one another. 10  4:12 No one has seen God at any time. 11  If we love one another, God resides 12  in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13  4:13 By this 14  we know that we reside in God 15  and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. 16  4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior 17  of the world.

4:15 If anyone 18  confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides 19  in him and he in God. 4:16 And we have come to know and to believe 20  the love that God has in us. 21  God is love, and the one who resides 22  in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 4:17 By this 23  love is perfected with 24  us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus 25  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. 26  The 27  one who fears punishment 28  has not been perfected in love. 4:19 We love 29  because he loved us first.

4:20 If anyone says 30 I love Godand yet 31  hates his fellow Christian, 32  he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian 33  whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 34  4:21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that 35  the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian 36  too.

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