is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has
material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity
on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us
not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we
set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn
us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence
before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey
his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command:
to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one
another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live
in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us:
We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
1 John 3:16-24