Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself,1 just as he is pure.24
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.35
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.4 And in him is no sin.56
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.6 No one who continues to sin has either seen him7 or known him.87
Dear children,9 do not let anyone lead you astray.10 He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.118
He who does what is sinful is of the devil,12 because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God13 appeared was to destroy the devil's work.149
No one who is born of God15 will continue to sin,16 because God's seed17 remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
This is how we know who the children of God18 are and who the children of the devil19 are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love20 his brother.21