1 John 4
Testing the Spirits1 a Beloved, do not believe every b spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because c many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: d every spirit that e confesses that f Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that g does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the h antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and i now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God j little children, and k have overcome them; because l greater is He who is in you than m he who is in the world. 5 n They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 o We are from God; p he who knows God listens to us; q he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know r the spirit of truth and s the spirit of error.
God Is Love7 t Beloved, let us u love one another, for love is from God; and v everyone who loves is ▼
▼ Or begotten, x born of God and y knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for z God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested ▼
▼ Or in our case, ab in us, that ac God has sent His ▼
▼ Or unique, only one of His kindonly begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love ae not that we loved God, but that af He loved us and sent His Son to be ag the propitiation for our sins. 11 ah Beloved, if God so loved us, ai we also ought to love one another. 12 aj No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His ak love is perfected in us. 13 al By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and am testify that the Father has an sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 ao Whoever confesses that ap Jesus is the Son of God, God aq abides in him, and he in God. 16 ar We have come to know and have believed the love which God has ▼
▼ Lit in, at for us. au God is love, and the one who av abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this aw love is perfected with us, so that we may have ax confidence in ay the day of judgment; because az as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but ba perfect love casts out fear, because fear ▼
▼ Lit hasinvolves punishment, and the one who fears is not bc perfected in love. 19 bd We love, because He first loved us. 20 be If someone says, “I love God,” and bf hates his brother, he is a bg liar; for bh the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen bi cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And bj this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God bk should love his brother also.
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