Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 NIV
Born of God
Twin live birth rates in Canada increased from 20.0 in 1991 to 28.3 per 1,000 live births in 2004, continued to increase modestly between 2004 and 2007, and rose to a high of 31.4 per 1,000 in 2009. Rates of triplet+ live births were much lower in Canada than in the United States during these same years. The rate of twin live births in the United States and Canada continues to increase, though more modestly than during the 1990s.
One of the challenges of the English language is that we only have one word for love. In the original Greek used in the New Testament, there are four words, and knowing which word is used helps us understand the context. In a world where love has become god to many people, it is possible to totally misunderstand such Biblical texts as 1 John 4:7-8, which says “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” I have heard people teach that what this verse is saying is that if you simply love others, you have been born of God and you know God. But this is not what this text is saying. The Greek word used here for love is agape, the unconditional, no-strings-attached love of God that we experience through faith in Jesus Christ. The only way to love like this, to agape, is to first have experienced God’s agape. Once we have experienced God’s love in Jesus Christ, then we are free to agape others. In this, you know you have been born of God.
These have been words from the heart.