New American Standard Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
King James Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
Darby Bible Translation
Hereby know we that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.
World English Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.
Young's Literal Translation
in this we know that we love the children of God, when we may love God, and His commands may keep;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God ... - This is repeating the same truth in another form. "As it is universally true that if we love Him who has begotten us, we shall also love His children, or our Christian brethren, so it is true also that if we love His children it will follow that we love Him." In other places, the apostle says that we may know that we love God if we love those who bear His image, 1 John 3:14. He here says, that there is another way of determining what we are. We may have undoubted evidence that we love God, and from that, as the basis of an argument, we may infer that we have true love to His children. Of the fact that we may have evidence that we love God, apart from that which we derive from our love to His children, there can be no doubt. We may be conscious of it; we may find pleasure in meditating on His perfections; we may feel sure that we are moved to obey Him by true attachment to Him, as a child may in reference to a father. But, it may be asked, how can it be inferred from this that we truly love His children? Is it not easier to ascertain this of itself than it is to determine whether we love God? Compare 1 John 4:20. To this it may be answered, that we may love Christians from many motives: we may love them as personal friends; we may love them because they belong to our church, or sect, or party; we may love them because they are naturally amiable: but the apostle says here, that when we are conscious that an attachment does exist toward Christians, we may ascertain that it is genuine, or that it does not proceed from any improper motive, by the fact that we love God. We shall then love Him as His children, whatever other grounds of affection there may be toward them.
And keep his commandments - See the notes at John 14:15.
"This is the true God, and eternal life." 1 John 5:20. 1. In this Epistle St. John speaks not to any particular Church, but to all the Christians of that age; although more especially to them among whom he then resided. And in them he speaks to the whole Christian Church in all succeeding ages. 2. In this letter, or rather tract, (for he was present with those to whom it was more immediately directed, probably being not able to preach to them any longer, because of his extreme old age,) he does not …
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1 John 2:3
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:5
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
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