1 John 4:16b - Love Is Evidence Of Salvation.

1 John 4:16 - Love Is Evidence Of Salvation.

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

1 John 4:16b (NRSV) God is love, and those who abide in love 
abide in God, and God abides in them. 

1 John 4:16b (TEV) God is love, and whoever lives in love lives 
in union with God and God lives in union with him. 

  Love is evidence of salvation. If you are born of God through 
faith in Jesus Christ, you have His nature within (2 Pet. 1:4). Since 
"God is love" (vv. 8, 16), His children who have His nature should 
also manifest His love. The children should be like the Father! 
  Our love for others makes God's love real and visible to them 
(v. 12) so we can better witness to them about Christ. It also makes 
God real and personal to us. Merely reading in the Bible about God's 
love is not enough. Seek to experience that love in your heart by 
sharing it with others. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

God is love. Like rays of light from the sun, love and light and 
joy flow out from Him to all His creatures. It is His nature to 
give. His very life is the outflow of unselfish love.... We are to be 
centers of light and blessing to our little circle, even as He is to the 
universe. We have nothing of ourselves, but the light of His love shines 
upon us, and we are to reflect its brightness.... If you are the 
children of God you are partakers of His nature, and you cannot but be 
like Him. Every child lives by the life of his father. If you are 
God's children, begotten by His Spirit, you live by the life of God. 
In Christ dwells "all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" 
(Colossians 2:9); and the life of Jesus is made manifest "in our mortal 
flesh" (2 Corinthians 4:11). That life in you will produce the same 
character and manifest the same works as it did in Him. {MB 77}  

  There is more to becoming a Christian than accepting a set of 
doctrines and striving to live out a particular lifestyle.  Being a 
Christian involves allowing God to become a living presence in your life 
... A Christian is a person who is possessed by Christ in such a way 
that feelings, thoughts, and attitudes are all changed.  For the 
Christian person, loving becomes a spiritual exercise because God is love, 
and the Christian knows that "every one that loveth is born of God." 
 God wants to indwell you and affect your consciousness for many 
reasons, but above then all is His desire to be able to reach other 
people with His love through you ... If you will pray and ask Him to be 
an indwelling reality and if you are willing to yield to His will 
in all things, He will enter into your consciousness and begin to 
effect a transformation in your life.  Most important, you will, little 
by little, begin to relate to other people as He would relate to 
them  You will recognize that being a Christian involves a commitment 
to treat others as He would treat them ... 
  If you want to do something that will cause you to become a 
more loving person, surrender yourself to Jesus.  He has a way of 
making lovers out of people.  [Tony Campolo; Time With God SB] 

Christ's Passion:

The Cross:

The Blessed Hope: