1 John 4:7-21
9 God’s love was revealedG among us in this way: God sentH his onlyI Son into the worldJ so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrificeK for our sins.L
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldnessY on the day of judgment,Z because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fearAA in love, but perfectBB love castsCC out fear; for fear has to do with punishment,DD and whoever fearsEE has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.
20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hateFF their brothersGG or sisters, are liars;HH for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen,II cannot love God whom they have not seen.JJ 21 The commandmentKK we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Image credit: “Love is…” by Chris Jones, 2012.