For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.