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Those false teachers are a part of the world. They speak about the things of the world. The world listens to them. We are a part of God’s family. The person who knows God will listen to us. The person who is not a part of God’s family will not listen to us. In this way, we can tell what is the spirit of truth and what is the spirit of false teaching.

Loving God Makes Us Love Our Christian Brothers

Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know 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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