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The New King James Version

1 John 4:7–21

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Knowing God Through Love

hBeloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who iloves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. jIn this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten kSon into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, lnot that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son mto be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, nif God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love

12 oNo one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 pBy this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And qwe have seen and testify that rthe Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 sWhoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and the who abides in love abides in God, and God uin him.

The Consummation of Love

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that vwe may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 wWe love 3Him because He first loved us.

Obedience by Faith

20 xIf someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, 4how can he love God ywhom he has not seen? 21 And zthis commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

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