If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,1 God lives in him and he in God.216
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.3 Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.417
In this way, love is made complete5 among us so that we will have confidence6 on the day of judgment,7 because in this world we are like him.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,8 because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.920
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother,10 he is a liar.11 For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,12 cannot love God, whom he has not seen.1321
And he has given us this command:14 Whoever loves God must also love his brother.15