Do not believe every spirit!

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I am sitting here in my living room reflecting on the last 6 months and events that have unfolded before my eyes. I pondered on the word of God and considered why? Why is there so much confusion, dissension, dissimulation, and to be honest, heresy present in this world? Then I began my devotional and got to this scripture.

1 John 4 (NKJV)

4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

HERE IS THE CRUX OF THE WHOLE MATTER.
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
GOD SAYS
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

SO I AM SAYING TO MYSELF..
“HOW CAN WE SAY WE ARE CHILDREN OF, GOD WHEN WE DO HURTFUL THINGS TO EACH OTHER?
IN WHAT WAY ARE WE DEMONSTRATING THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SHED ABROAD IN OUR HEARTS?
HOW DO OUR ACTIONS MAKE US DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD, FOR THE WORLD HATES THE CHILDREN OF GOD?
HOW IS GOD LOOKING AT US EACH TIME WE HURT EACH OTHER. IS HE PLEASE WITH OUR BEHAVIOR?

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