John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I John 4:7-14 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”
God’s Word is pretty insistent on the fact that we must, not only love God, but that we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Jesus said in John 7:38 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Yes, God pours out His love into us, and love for others should flow from us like rivers of “living water“. The river of love runs from God, through us and from us towards others. If we refuse to love others and to give to others, just as God loves and gives to us, then we dam up the river within us. Only by loving others, as God commands, and giving acts of love to others will the “river of living water” continue to flow from God, through us and to the world. God blesses the world through us, and it is up to us to keep His love flowing to a needy world. God has given us the power, and now it’s up to us to keep it flowing to those who need and seek His help.