Bible: 1 John 3

3:1 (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that 1  we should be called God’s children – and indeed 2  we are! 3  For this reason 4  the world does not know us: because it did not know him. 5  3:2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be 6  has not yet been revealed. We 7  know that 8  whenever 9  it 10  is revealed 11  we will be like him, because 12  we will see him just as he is. 13  3:3 And everyone who has this hope focused 14  on him purifies 15  himself, just as Jesus 16  is pure). 17 

3:4 Everyone who practices sin 18  also practices lawlessness; 19  indeed, 20  sin is lawlessness. 3:5 And you know that Jesus 21  was revealed to take away 22  sins, and in him there is no sin. 3:6 Everyone who resides 23  in him does not sin; 24  everyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him. 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness 25  is righteous, just as Jesus 26  is righteous. 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, 27  because the devil has been sinning 28  from the beginning. For this purpose 29  the Son of God was revealed: to destroy 30  the works of the devil. 3:9 Everyone who has been fathered 31  by God does not practice sin, 32  because 33  God’s 34  seed 35  resides in him, and thus 36  he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. 3:10 By this 37  the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian 38 is not of God.

God Is Love, So We Must Love One Another

3:11 For 39  this is the gospel 40  message 41  that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another, 42  3:12 not like Cain 43  who was of the evil one and brutally 44  murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.

3:13 Therefore do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, 45  if the world hates you. 46  3:14 We know that 47  we have crossed over 48  from death to life 49  because 50  we love our fellow Christians. 51  The one who does not love remains in death. 52  3:15 Everyone who hates his fellow Christian 53  is a murderer, 54  and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing 55  in him. 3:16 We have come to know love by this: 56  that Jesus 57  laid down 58  his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 3:17 But whoever has the world’s possessions 59  and sees his fellow Christian 60  in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God 61  reside 62  in such a person? 63 

3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 64  3:19 And by this 65  we will know that we are of the truth and will convince 66  our conscience 67  in his presence, 68  3:20 that 69  if our conscience condemns 70  us, that 71  God is greater than our conscience and knows all things. 3:21 Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God, 3:22 and 72  whatever we ask we receive from him, because 73  we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing to him. 3:23 Now 74  this is his commandment: 75  that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he gave 76  us the commandment. 3:24 And the person who keeps his commandments resides 77  in God, 78  and God 79  in him. Now by this 80  we know that God 81  resides in us: by the Spirit he has given us.

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