See 1what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called 2children of God; and so we are. The reason why 3the world does not know us is that 4it did not know him.
Beloved, we are 5God's children 6now, and what we will be 7has not yet appeared; but we know that 8when he appears9 we shall be like him, because 10we shall see him as he is.
And everyone who 11thus hopes in him 12purifies himself as he is pure.
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; 13sin is lawlessness.
You know that 14he appeared to 15take away sins, and 16in him there is no sin.
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; 17no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
Little children, 18let no one deceive you. 19Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.
20Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was 21to destroy the works of the devil.
22No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, 23nor is the one who 24does not love his brother.
For 25this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, 26that we should love one another.
We should not be like 27Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? 28Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
Do not be surprised, brothers,29that the world hates you.
We know that 30we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
31Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that 32no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
By this we know love, that 33he laid down his life for us, and 34we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
But 35if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet 36closes his heart against him, 37how does God's love abide in him?
Little children, let us not 38love in word or talk but in deed and 39in truth.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
Beloved, 40if our heart does not condemn us, 41we have confidence before God;
and 42whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and 43do what pleases him.
And this is his commandment, 44that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and 45love one another, 46just as he has commanded us.
47Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And 48by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.