1My dear friends, not every spirit is to be trusted, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,for many false prophets are at large in the world. 2This is the proof of the spirit of God: any spirit which acknowledges Jesus Christ, come in humannature, is from God, 3and no spirit which fails to acknowledge Jesus is from God; it is the spirit of Antichrist, whose comingyou have heard of; he is already at large in the world. 4Children, you are from God and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he whois in the world. 5They are from the world, and therefore the world inspires what they say, and listens to them. 6We are from God; whoever recognises God listens to us; anyone who is not from God refuses to listento us. This is how we can distinguish the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood. 7My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child ofGod and knows God. 8Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is the revelation of God's love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might havelife through him. 10Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate oursins. 11My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another. 12No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comesto its perfection in us. 13This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us a share in his Spirit. 14We ourselves have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as Saviour of the world. 15Anyone who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 16We have recognised for ourselves, and put our faith in, the love God has for us. God is love, andwhoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 17Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgement fearlessly, because evenin this world we have become as he is. 18In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment andno one who is afraid has come to perfection in love. 19Let us love, then, because he first loved us. 20Anyone who says 'I love God' and hates his brother, is a liar, since whoever does not love the brotherwhom he can see cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21Indeed this is the commandment we have received from him, that whoever loves God, must also lovehis brother.