1 John 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 And they belong to the world, so what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
6 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. 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 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God's child and knows 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 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 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. 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 what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins. 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 Dear friends, if God loved us that much we also should love each other. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is made perfect in us. 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 We know that we live in God and he lives in us, because he gave us his Spirit. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 We have seen and can testify that the Father sent his Son to be the 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 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God has God living inside, and that person lives in God. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
16 And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 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 is how love is made perfect in us: that we can be without fear on the day God judges us, because in this world we are like him. 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 Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears. 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 love because God first loved us. 19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If people say, "I love God," but hate their brothers or sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never seen. 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 And God gave us this command: Those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.