The love of God has rescued us, like orphans, from spiritual poverty, and God has made us his children all because of his great love for us. When we abide in him and have the hope of being like his son Jesus, we will grow into his likeness.
Those who are children of God will practice his righteous ways, including loving one another. To truly practice righteousness is, in fact, to love one another. And we do this with the empowering and instruction of the Holy Spirit. We are taught in 1 John what steps will make this love possible.