SAME SCRIPTURE IN LIVING BIBLE TRANS.
1 John 4:8 "But if a person isn't loving and kind, it shows that he doesn't know God-for God is love." LB
1. The key characteristic of God and his nature is LOVE! If you want to know what love really is and means, you must know God and the only way to come to know God is through Jesus Christ.
2. That is a strong scripture, expecially in this day and age where according to Matthew 24, "the LOVE of many will wax cold..." We must be filled with the Love of God and operate in love, just as Christ did!
3. If you do not have LOVE within your heart, but rather it is filled with anger, malice, bitterness, hatred, rage, jealousy, grief, etc. - you likely aren't saved because once saved, His love (along with the Holy Spirit) moves into the heart of every believer.
Okay - other scriptures to reference:
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. NIV
Eph 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. KJV
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. KJV
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. KJV
I hope this helps...