1 John 4:7-12

God Is Love

7 Beloved, 1let us love one another, for love is from God, and 2whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 3Anyone who does not love does not know God, because 4God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that 5God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
10 In this is love, 6not that we have loved God 7but that he loved us and sent his Son to be 8the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 9No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and 10his love is perfected in us.

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1 John 4:7-12 In-Context

5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

Cross References 10

  • 1. 1 John 3:11
  • 2. 1 John 2:29
  • 3. 1 John 3:10
  • 4. ver. 16; 2 Corinthians 13:11; [1 John 1:5; John 4:24]
  • 5. See John 3:16
  • 6. Romans 5:8, 10
  • 7. [See ver. 9 above]
  • 8. See 1 John 2:2
  • 9. ver. 20; John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:16
  • 10. 1 John 2:5
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