1 John 4 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 Here's how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ - the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person - comes from God and belongs to God. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought! 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
5 These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world's language and the world eats it up. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
6 But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
7 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love - so you can't know him if you don't love. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10 This is the kind of love we are talking about - not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us - perfect love! 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He's given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 Also, we've seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
16 We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
17 This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day - our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
18 There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of death, fear of judgment - is one not yet fully formed in love. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We, though, are going to love - love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. 19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
21 The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.