To love is to know Me, My
innermost nature, the truth that I am
~ Bhagavad Gita 18:55
Knowing is where one finds true intimacy. Here love is active, it is the work of knowing the deepest truest nature of another. In the case of the above quote, it is God or Krishna that one must love and know. While sacred texts ask us to love a god or gods, they often also ask to love others.