1 John 3
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1 See what great loveA the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children — and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed.a We know that when he appears,A we will be like himb because we will see him as he is.c 3And everyone who has this hopea in him purifies himself just as he is pure.b

4Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins,a a and there is no sin in him.b 6Everyone who remains in hima does not sin;a b everyone who sinsB has not seen him or known him.

7Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The one who commitsA sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of Goda was revealedb for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. 9Everyone who has been born of Goda does not sin,A because his seedb remains in him; he is not able to sin,B because he has been born of God. 10This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.a

Love in Action

11For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, 12unlike Cain,a who was of the evil oneb and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

13Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hatesa you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death.a 15Everyone who hates his brother or sistera is a murderer,b and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his lifea for us.b We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.c 17If anyone has this world’s goodsa and sees a fellow believerA in needb but withholds compassionc from him — how does God’s love reside in him?d 18Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.a

19This is how we will know that we belong to the trutha and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things.a

21Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commandsa and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23Now this is his command: that we believe in the namea of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps his commands remains in him,a and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in usb is from the Spiritc he has given us.

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