1 John 5:2
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New International Version
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

New Living Translation
We know we love God's children if we love God and obey his commandments.

English Standard Version
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how we know that we love God's children when we love God and obey His commands.

International Standard Version
This is how we know that we love God's children: we love God and keep his commandments.

NET Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey his commandments.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And by this we know that we love the children of God, whenever we love God and we do his commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that we love God's children when we love God by obeying his commandments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In this we know that we love the sons of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.

King James 2000 Bible
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

American King James Version
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

American Standard Version
Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do his commandments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In 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.

English Revised Version
Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and do his commandments.

Webster's Bible Translation
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

Weymouth New Testament
The fact that we love God Himself, and obey His commands, is a proof that we love God's children.

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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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-5 True love for the people of God, may be distinguished from natural kindness or party attachments, by its being united with the love of God, and obedience to his commands. The same Holy Spirit that taught the love, will have taught obedience also; and that man cannot truly love the children of God, who, by habit, commits sin or neglects known duty. As God's commands are holy, just, and good rules of liberty and happiness, so those who are born of God and love him, do not count them grievous, but lament that they cannot serve him more perfectly. Self-denial is required, but true Christians have a principle which carries them above all hinderances. Though the conflict often is sharp, and the regenerate may be cast down, yet he will rise up and renew his combat with resolution. But all, except believers in Christ, are enslaved in some respect or other, to the customs, opinions, or interests of the world. Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith; he sees, in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on earth, that this world is to be renounced and overcome. He cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still tending, striving, and pressing toward heaven. We must all, after Christ's example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Another mark by which we can test our love towards the brethren. In verse 1 faith in the Incarnation is shown to involve this love. Here obedience to God is the test. To obey God proves love to him, and this again involves love of his children.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By this we know that we are the children God,.... The Ethiopic version reads, "by this know that we love God"; which, in connection with what follows, makes a tautology, and is a proving "idem per idem": whereas the apostle's view is to show when love to the saints is right; and that is,

when we love God, and keep his commandments: love to the brethren may arise from such a cause, as may show that it is not brotherly love, or of a spiritual kind; it may arise from natural relation, or civil friendship, or from a benefit or favour received from them, and from some natural external excellency seen in them; and a man may do acts of love and kindness to the brethren, from what may be called good nature in himself, or with sinister views; but true love to the brethren springs from love to God: such who love the saints aright, and by which they may know they do so, they love them because they themselves love God, and in obedience to his command; they love them because they belong to God, and are the objects of his love; because his grace is wrought in them, and his image stamped upon them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. By—Greek, "In." As our love to the brethren is the sign and test of our love to God, so (John here says) our love to God (tested by our "keeping his commandments") is, conversely, the ground and only true basis of love to our brother.

we know—John means here, not the outward criteria of genuine brotherly love, but the inward spiritual criteria of it, consciousness of love to God manifested in a hearty keeping of His commandments. When we have this inwardly and outwardly confirmed love to God, we can know assuredly that we truly love the children of God. "Love to one's brother is prior, according to the order of nature (see on [2649]1Jo 4:20); love to God is so, according to the order of grace (1Jo 5:2). At one time the former is more immediately known, at another time the latter, according as the mind is more engaged in human relations or in what concerns the divine honor" [Estius]. John shows what true love is, namely, that which is referred to God as its first object. As previously John urged the effect, so now he urges the cause. For he wishes mutual love to be so cultivated among us, as that God should always be placed first [Calvin].

1 John 5:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Overcoming the World
1Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.…
Cross References
1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

1 John 2:5
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Treasury of Scripture

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John 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

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