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1 John 4:1-8 (New American Standard)

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Testing the Spirits

1 1Beloved, do not believe every 2spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because 3many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: 4every spirit that 5confesses that 6Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that 7does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the 8antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and 9now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, 10little children, and 11have overcome them; because 12greater is He who is in you than 13he who is in the world. 5 14They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 15We are from God; 16he who knows God listens to us; 17he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know 18the spirit of truth and 19the spirit of error.

God Is Love

7 20Beloved, let us 21love one another, for love is from God; and 22everyone who loves is a23born of God and 24knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for 25God is love.
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