1 John 4:1-21, NLT
1 John 4
Discerning False Prophets
1Dear 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.
4But 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.
Loving One Another
7Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
9God 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.
11Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
13And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
18Such 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.
20If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer,*4:20 Greek hates his brother. that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?