1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

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2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

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Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

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4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

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5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for Goda is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

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    • c 2:5 - Or "word, God’s love"
      6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

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      7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

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      8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
      9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sisterb is still in the darkness.

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        • d 2:9 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.
          10 Anyone who loves their brother and sisterc lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

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            • e 2:10 - The Greek word for "brother and sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.