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And they belong to the world, so what they say is from the world too. And the world listens to what they say. But we are from God. So the people who know God listen to us. But the people who are not from God don’t listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit that is true and the spirit that is false.

Love Comes From God

Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God.

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They are from the world(A) and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.(B) This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth(C) and the spirit of falsehood.(D)

God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another,(E) for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God(F) and knows God.(G)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 4:6 Or spirit

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