God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:16b-18
This short text is tricky; we need to be sharp to get the full benefit of it. “God is love.” OK, so far, so good, this part is easy. Them John says, Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. For us to live in love is to also live in God, and when we do that, God lives in us because God and love are parallel. They are inseparable. Here comes the curve: John is building again. Because of…
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