But if anyone obeys his word,1 God's lovea is truly made complete in him.2 This is how we know3 we are in him:
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.47
Dear friends,5 I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning.6 This old command is the message you have heard.
Yet I am writing you a new command;7 its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing8 and the true light9 is already shining.109
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother11 is still in the darkness.1210
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light,13 and there is nothing in himb to make him stumble.1411
But whoever hates his brother15 is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness;16 he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.1712
I write to you, dear children,18 because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.1913
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.20 I write to you, young men, because you have overcome21 the evil one.22 I write to you, dear children,23 because you have known the Father.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.24 I write to you, young men, because you are strong,25 and the word of God26 lives in you,27 and you have overcome the evil one.28