1 John 4:7-21 TNIV

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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      9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son5 into the world that we might live through him.6

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      10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us7 and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.8

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      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 This is how we know14 that we live in him and he in us: 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 them and they 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 them.21

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          17 This is how love is made complete22 among us so that we will have confidence23 on the day of judgment:24 In this world we are like Jesus.

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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 we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister,27 we are liars.28 For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen,29 we cannot love God, whom we have not seen.30

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                      21 And he has given us this command:31 Those who love God must also love one another.32

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