New International Version

1 John 4:1-21

On Denying the Incarnation

1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit4:6 Or spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

God’s Love and Ours

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

1 Yokaana 4:1-21

Mugezese Emyoyo

14:1 2Pe 2:1; 1Yk 2:18Abaagalwa, temukkirizanga buli myoyo, naye musookenga okugyetegereza mulabe obanga givudde eri Katonda, kubanga kaakano waliwo bannabbi ab’obulimba bangi mu nsi. 24:2 a Yk 1:14; 1Yk 2:23 b 1Ko 12:3Eno y’engeri gye tutegeeramu Mwoyo wa Katonda: buli ayatula nti Yesu Kristo yafuuka omubiri, ng’ava eri Katonda, oyo y’alina Mwoyo wa Katonda. 34:3 1Yk 2:22; 2Yk 7Naye buli mwoyo ogutayatula Yesu nga teguvudde eri Katonda. Ogwo gwe mwoyo ogw’Omulabe wa Kristo, gwe mwawulira nti ajja mu nsi, era amaze okutuuka.

44:4 a Bar 8:31 b Yk 12:31Mmwe, abaana abaagalwa, muli ba Katonda era mumaze okuwangula, kubanga oyo ali mu mmwe wa maanyi okusinga oyo ali mu nsi. 54:5 Yk 15:19Bo ba nsi era boogera bya nsi, era abantu b’ensi kyebava babawuliriza. 64:6 a Yk 8:47 b Yk 14:17Naye ffe tuli bantu ba Katonda, era buli amanyi Katonda atuwuliriza; atali wa Katonda tatuwuliriza. Eyo y’engeri gye tusobola okwawulamu omwoyo ogw’amazima n’omwoyo ogw’obulimba.

74:7 a 1Yk 3:11 b 1Yk 2:4Abaagalwa, twagalanenga, kubanga okwagala kuva eri Katonda, era buli alina okwagala mwana wa Katonda, era amanyi Katonda. 84:8 nny 7, 16Naye buli atalina kwagala tamanyi Katonda, kubanga Katonda kwagala. 94:9 Yk 3:16, 17; 1Yk 5:11Katonda yatulaga okwagala kwe, bwe yatuma mu nsi Omwana we omu yekka bw’ati, tulyoke tube abalamu ku bw’oyo. 104:10 a Bar 5:8, 10 b 1Yk 2:2Mu kino mwe tutegeerera ddala okwagala kwennyini, kubanga teyakikola lwa kuba nti ffe twali twagala Katonda, naye ye yennyini ye yatwagala, n’awaayo Omwana we ng’omutango olw’ebibi byaffe. 114:11 Yk 3:16Kale abaagalwa, nga Katonda bwe yatwagala bw’atyo naffe tuteekwa okwagalananga. 124:12 a Yk 1:18; 1Ti 6:16 b 1Yk 2:5Tewali n’omu eyali alabye ku Katonda, naye bwe twagalana, Katonda abeera mu ffe, n’okwagala kwe ne kulabikira mu ffe. 134:13 1Yk 3:24Mu ekyo mwe tutegeerera nti Katonda ali mu ffe era naffe tuli mu Ye, olwa Mwoyo gw’atuwadde. 144:14 a Yk 15:27 b Yk 3:17Era ffe twamulaba n’amaaso gaffe, kyetuva tutegeeza nti Kitaffe yatuma Omwana we okuba Omulokozi w’ensi.

154:15 Bar 10:9Kale buli ayatula nti Yesu Mwana wa Katonda, nga Katonda ali mu ye era nga naye ali mu Katonda. 164:16 a nny 8 b 1Yk 3:24Ffe tumanyi okwagala kwa Katonda era tukkiririza mu kwagala kwe okwo kw’alina gye tuli.

Katonda kwagala, era buli abeera n’okwagala abeera mu Katonda, ne Katonda abeera mu ye. 174:17 1Yk 2:5Bwe twagala bannaffe nga Kristo bwe yakola ng’ali mu nsi muno, tetulibaako kye tweraliikirira ku lunaku olw’okusalirako omusango. 184:18 Bar 8:15Mu kwagala temuliimu kutya, kubanga okwagala okutuukiridde kumalawo okutya; kubanga okutya kulimu okubonerezebwa, na buli atya, aba tannatuukirira mu kwagala.

194:19 nny 10Tulina okwagala kubanga Ye ye yasooka okutwagala. 204:20 a 1Yk 2:9 b 1Yk 2:4Omuntu yenna bw’agamba nti, “Njagala Katonda,” naye n’akyawa muganda we, omuntu oyo mulimba. Kubanga buli atayagala muganda we gw’alabako, tasobola kwagala Katonda gw’atalabangako. 214:21 Mat 5:43Era Katonda yennyini yatulagira nti, “Buli ayagala Katonda ayagalenga ne muganda we.”