7Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. The person who loves has become God’s child and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. 10True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. God sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. 11That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other. 12No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us. If we love each other, God’s love has reached its goal. It is made perfect in us. 13We know that we live in God and God lives in us. We know this because God gave us his Spirit. 14We have seen that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. That is what we teach. 15If someone says, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God,” then God lives in him. And he lives in God. 16And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him. 17If God’s love is made perfect in us, then we can be without fear on the day God judges us. We will be without fear, because in this world we are like him. 18Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear. So love is not made perfect in the person who has fear. 19We love because God first loved us. 20If someone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. He can see his brother, but he hates him. So he cannot love God, whom he has never seen. 21And God gave us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.