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1 John 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Discerning False Prophets
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:1 - Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:2 - This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet[fn] acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:3 - But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:4 - But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:5 - Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:6 - But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Loving One Another
(cf. Jhn 3:16 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:7 - Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:8 - But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:9 - God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:10 - This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:11 - Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:12 - No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:13 - And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:14 - Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:15 - All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:16 - We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:17 - And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:18 - Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:19 - We love each other[fn] because he loved us first.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:20 - If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister,[fn] that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:21 - And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Greek If a spirit; similarly in 4:3.
Greek We love. Other manuscripts read We love God; still others read We love him.
Greek hates his brother.
Greek The one who loves God must also love his brother.

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