Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:7–11 (ESV)
According to 1 John, one of the key indicators that a person knows God is love for others. In other words, the one who knows God and has been transformed by Him will be someone who loves his or her brothers and sisters in Christ.
In today’s text we see the well-known statement that ‘God is love’. Love is the very character of God. Further, this love of God was manifested among us in God’s sending His Son for the payment of our sins so that we might live. That is the ultimate demonstration of love, and as John says, “if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
To love with a God-like love, then, is to have affection and care for others, even at our own expense. This isn’t optional for the believer according to John. He sees brotherly love as a characteristic of the one who knows God, who has born of God. Ask God to increase the love you have for others as you go about your life—love for your family, neighbor, brothers and sisters in Christ, students. Aim to see others as Jesus sees them and show them the same love.