Bible: 1 John 3:1-12

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.

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