1 John 4:11
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New International Version
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

New Living Translation
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

English Standard Version
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Berean Study Bible
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Berean Literal Bible
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

New American Standard Bible
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

King James Bible
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.

International Standard Version
Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love one another.

NET Bible
Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beloved, if God loves us in this way, we are indebted also to love one another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other.

New American Standard 1977
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

King James 2000 Bible
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

American King James Version
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

American Standard Version
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another.

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

English Revised Version
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear friends, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

World English Bible
Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.

Young's Literal Translation
Beloved, if thus did God love us, we also ought one another to love;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:7-13 The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. For it is God's nature to be kind, and to give happiness. The law of God is love; and all would have been perfectly happy, had all obeyed it. The provision of the gospel, for the forgiveness of sin, and the salvation of sinners, consistently with God's glory and justice, shows that God is love. Mystery and darkness rest upon many things yet. God has so shown himself to be love, that we cannot come short of eternal happiness, unless through unbelief and impenitence, although strict justice would condemn us to hopeless misery, because we break our Creator's laws. None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free, astonishing love of a holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. Search we the whole universe for love in its most glorious displays? It is to be found in the person and the cross of Christ. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that he freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, and when its proper end and issue are gained and produced, it may be said to be perfected. So faith is perfected by its works. Thus it will appear that God dwells in us by his new-creating Spirit. A loving Christian is a perfect Christian; set him to any good duty, and he is perfect to it, he is expert at it. Love oils the wheels of his affections, and sets him on that which is helpful to his brethren. A man that goes about a business with ill will, always does it badly. That God dwells in us and we in him, were words too high for mortals to use, had not God put them before us. But how may it be known whether the testimony to this does proceed from the Holy Ghost? Those who are truly persuaded that they are the sons of God, cannot but call him Abba, Father. From love to him, they hate sin, and whatever disagrees with his will, and they have a sound and hearty desire to do his will. Such testimony is the testimony of the Holy Ghost.
Study Bible
Love Comes from God
10And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us.…
Cross References
1 John 2:7
Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard.

1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

2 John 1:5
And now I urge you, dear lady--not as a new commandment to you, but one we have had from the beginning--that we love one another.
Treasury of Scripture

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 3:16,17,23 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

Matthew 18:32,33 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said to him, O you wicked …

Luke 10:37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, …

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:12,13 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

2 Corinthians 8:8,9 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

Ephesians 4:31,32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have …

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