“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.”
Love as we share in it, testifies to the nature of God and to his presence in our lives. A person who loves shows that they are a child of God and knows God, for God’s very being is love; one without love can be said to sadly be without God in their lives. The revelation of the nature of God’s love is found in the free gift of his Son, Jesus who was given to us, so that we may share life with God and to be delivered from our sins. The love we have for one another must be of that same sort: authentic, merciful; this unique Christian love is our proof that we know God and that we can “see” the invisible God, made visible through our faith in Jesus Christ.