1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
John in 14 vs discusses the love of and from God (Divine affection). He opens by displaying that believers are loved (Beloved) and challenges them to love one another. He immediately poses the impossibility for us to love and injects a clause of possibility by one greater “…for love is from God”
God is the fountain of love, He is love, love is His nature (Agape love). It is the highest form of love displayed in the gospel for there in is the gift of His grace and fruit of His Spirit. The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. It involves by will faithfulness, commitment, (1Cor 13)
In the light of who God is, John provides proof of those living by loving, “…whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” This is to say, we cannot truly love God and His people without being born of God. To quote Paul in Rom 5:5, “…God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”