1 John 2:3-13 NIV

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.

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          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.
                  11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

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                      Reasons for Writing

                      12 I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

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                          13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

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