My dear children,1 I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense2--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,3 and not only for ours but also fora the sins of the whole world.43
We know5 that we have come to know him6 if we obey his commands.74
The man who says, "I know him,"8 but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.95
But if anyone obeys his word,10 God's loveb is truly made complete in him.11 This is how we know12 we are in him:
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.137
Dear friends,14 I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning.15 This old command is the message you have heard.
Yet I am writing you a new command;16 its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing17 and the true light18 is already shining.199
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother20 is still in the darkness.2110
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light,22 and there is nothing in himc to make him stumble.2311
But whoever hates his brother24 is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness;25 he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.26