Love One Another
11For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.12We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.13Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you.14We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death.15All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them.16We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.17How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.19And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God;22and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.24All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.Chapter 4Testing the Spirits
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world.4Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.5They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them.6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.God Is Love
7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.9God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.