1 Dear friends, do not believe every inspired utterance, but test the utterances to see whether they come from God, for many false prophets have come out into the world.
2 You can tell the Spirit of God in this way: all inspiration that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in human form comes from God, 3 and any inspired utterance that does not acknowledge Jesus does not come from God; it is the inspiration of the Antichrist. You have heard that it was coming, and here it is already in the world.
4 You are children of God, dear children, and you have been victorious over these men, for he who is in our hearts is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are children of the world; that is why they speak as the world directs, and the world listens to them. 6 We are God's children. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not a child of God will not listen to us. In this way we can tell what is inspired by truth from what is inspired by error.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God, and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God's love for us has been revealed in this way??hat God has sent his only Son into the world, to let us have life through him. 10 The love consists not in our having loved God, but in his loving us and sending his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God has loved us so, we ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; yet if we love one another, God keeps in union with us and love for him attains perfection in our hearts.
13 This is the way we know that we keep in union with him and he does with us??ecause he has given us some of his Spirit. 14 We have seen and can testify that the Father has sent the Son to be Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God keeps in union with him and he with God. 16 So we know and believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever continues to love keeps in union with God, and God with him.
17 Love attains perfection in us, when we have perfect confidence about the Day of Judgment, because here in this world we are living as he lives. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. For fear suggests punishment and no one who feels fear has attained perfect love. 19 We love because he loved us first.