Dear children,1 do not let anyone lead you astray.2 He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.38
He who does what is sinful is of the devil,4 because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God5 appeared was to destroy the devil's work.69
No one who is born of God7 will continue to sin,8 because God's seed9 remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
This is how we know who the children of God10 are and who the children of the devil11 are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love12 his brother.13