My dear friends, many false prophets have gone out into the world. So do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God.
This is how you can know God's Spirit: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ came to earth as a human is from God.
And every spirit who refuses to say this about Jesus is not from God. It is the spirit of the enemy of Christ, which you have heard is coming, and now he is already in the world.
My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God's Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.
And they belong to the world, so what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them.
But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. But those who are not from God do not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit that is true and the spirit that is false.
Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.