Add parallel Print Page Options

16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

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 boldness on 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; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love[a] because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters,[b] are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister[c] whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters[d] also.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 1 John 4:19 Other ancient authorities add him; others add God
  2. 1 John 4:20 Gk brothers
  3. 1 John 4:20 Gk brother
  4. 1 John 4:21 Gk brothers

Bible Gateway Recommends

The C.S. Lewis Bible, NRSV
The C.S. Lewis Bible, NRSV
Retail: $37.99
Our Price: $22.49
Save: $15.50 (41%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
NRSV Audio Bible with the Apocrypha on MP3
NRSV Audio Bible with the Apocrypha on MP3
Retail: $24.95
Our Price: $15.99
Save: $8.96 (36%)
3.5 of 5.0 stars
NRSV Bible XL, Black Imitation Leather
NRSV Bible XL, Black Imitation Leather
Retail: $34.99
Our Price: $16.99
Save: $18.00 (51%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
NRSV, Thinline Bible, Leathersoft, Brown, Comfort Print
NRSV, Thinline Bible, Leathersoft, Brown, Comfort Print
Retail: $29.99
Our Price: $17.99
Save: $12.00 (40%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars