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1 John 4:12-16: “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed that love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” Mutual abiding refers to the fellowship we have with God as a result of our salvation. The evidence that God abides in us and we in Him is the experience of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. A sincere confession of belief is an indication that the confessor is saved. To be a Christian, a person must believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Abides in love means the Christian lives within the sphere of God’s love. That love is both experienced and expressed through the Christian’s life.

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