John’s First Epistle
1 Jno. 4:13-21
Abiding, Loving and Resisting Hate
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 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. 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. 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. We love because he first loved us. 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. And this command-ment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. – 1 Jno. 4:31-21
John describes relationship with Christ with this expression: “we abide in Him and He in us.” And, “He has given us of His Spirit.” This is a reality because the Father sent His Son. People who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, step into that light and walk in the light are said to be abiding in Him.
All of this speaks dynamically that “God is love” and this gives us confidence on the day of judgment. God started this. “We love because He first loved us.”
As we respond to God’s love and practice love ourselves – hate is resisted and excluded. “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. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”