And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect , that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is , so are we in this world.
References for 1 John 4:17
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment . He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say , I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen , how can he love God whom he hath not seen ?
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.