John here not only repeats the imperative to love one another in 4:7-5:4, but also he hits it longer and harder than at any other point in the book. 28 times in 21 verses John speaks of love as He wants to make sure that we understand that love is not an optional virtue in the believers life.
Love is to be the distinguishing mark of the church in the world. John goes so far as to say that if you do not love others, you do not know God, 1 John 4:8. With this in mind this morning we all need to examine our own lives by God’s love.
As we read the text again this morning there are 8 points John seems to make to teach us “Whats Love Got To Do With It”