'God Is Love' Bible Verse

Read 1 John 4:8 and 16b in several popular Bible translations

God Is Love Bible Verse - 1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16
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"God is love" (1 John 4:8) is a favorite Bible verse about love. 1 John 4:16b is a similar verse also containing the words "God is love."

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

(1 John 4:8 and 4:16b)

Summary of 'God Is Love' in 1 John 4:7-21

The Lord shows you how you can reflect his love to others--your friends, your family, even your enemies.

God's love is unconditional; his love is very different from the love we experience with one another because it is not based on feelings. He doesn't love us because we please him. He loves us simply because He is love.

An entire passage found in 1 John 4:7-21 speaks of God's loving nature. Love is not merely an attribute of God, it is his very nature. God is not only loving, he is fundamentally love. God alone loves in the completeness and perfection of love.

So, if God is love and we, his followers, are born of God, then we will also love. God loves us, so we must love one another. A true Christian, one saved by love and filled with God's love, must live in love toward God and others.

Love is the true test of Christianity. We believe that the character of God is rooted in love. We receive God's love in our relationship with him. We experience God's love in our relationships with others.

Compare 'God Is Love' Bible Verses

Compare these two famous Bible verses in several popular translations:

1 John 4:8
(New International Version)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

(English Standard Version)
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

(New Living Translation)
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

(New King James Version)
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

(King James Version)
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

(New American Standard Bible)
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:16b
(New International Version)
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

(English Standard Version)
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

(New Living Translation)
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

(New King James Version)
God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

(King James Version)
God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

(New American Standard Bible)
God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.