1 John 4:7-21 NIV

God's Love and Ours

7 Dear friends, let us love one another,1 for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God2 and knows God.3

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8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.4

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    • 19 4:8 - ver 7,16
      9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Sona5 into the world that we might live through him.6

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        • b 4:9 - Or "his only begotten Son"
          10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us7 and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice forb our sins.8

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            • c 4:10 - Or "as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away"
              11 Dear friends,9 since God so loved us,10 we also ought to love one another.11

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              12 No one has ever seen God;12 but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.13

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              13 We know14 that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.15

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              14 And we have seen and testify16 that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.17

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              15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,18 God lives in him and he in God.19

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              16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.20 Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.21

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                  17 In this way, love is made complete22 among us so that we will have confidence23 on the day of judgment,24 because in this world we are like him.

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                      18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,25 because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

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                      19 We love because he first loved us.26

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                          20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother,27 he is a liar.28 For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,29 cannot love God, whom he has not seen.30

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                              21 And he has given us this command:31 Whoever loves God must also love his brother.32

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