In this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: he that does not practise virtue, and fraternal benevolence, is not of God.
my beloved, don't imitate vice, but virtue. he that does good, is a child of God: he that does evil, is not acquainted with God.
the field is the world: the good seed are the children of the kingdom: but the tares are the children of the wicked one:
you, who have the devil for your father, will execute the designs of your father: he was a murderer from the beginning, and deserted the truth, since he has no love for the truth: when he lyes, he speaks like himself: for he is a lyar, and the father of a lyar.
we are of God: he that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. by this we distinguish the spirit of truth from the spirit of imposture.
besides, 'tis a commandment we have receiv'd from him, that he who would love God, must love his brother also.
but as for you, love your enemies, do good, and lend without expecting any advantage from it: so shall your reward be great, in acting like the children of the most high: for he is kind to the most ungrateful wretches.
he that is of God, does therefore observe what God says: which you do not observe, because ye are not of God.
and said, "thou heap of imposture and mischief, offspring of the devil, and enemy to all justice, wilt thou not cease to pervers men from the right ways of the Lord?
the same spirit testifies to our spirit, that we are the children of God.
he that says, he is in the light, and yet hates his brother, is still in darkness.
since you know that God is the source of virtue, you know that every one who has virtue, derives it from him.
dear children, let no man deceive you: only he that acts justly is just, as he is just.
as for us, we know, that we have passed from a state of death to that of life, because we love our brethren: he that does not love his brother, is in a destructive state.
and every spirit that does not own that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not from God." this is that anti-christian spirit which you have heard was to come, and even now it appears in the world.
by this we may know that we love the children of God, if we love God, and keep his commandments.
we know that we are the children of God, and the rest of the world are subject to the evil spirit.