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They are of this world. Therefore, they speak of this world. And this world hears them.

We are of God. The one who knows God hears us. The one who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.

Beloved, let us love one another. For love comes from God. And everyone who loves is born of God and 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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