1 John 4:7-21 All notes in () are additions from me, not in the Scripture.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we
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.
12 No one has ever seen God; (but) if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (*God is seen by other if he abides in us)
abides in him, and he in God.
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
(*God is love whom we can abide in by loving. This love shows that we can know God abides in us)
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
( * His love abiding in us perfects us, giving us confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is, is given to us to be in this world)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
(*the Love of God is made manifest in our love for one another.)
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.