1Seea1howgreat a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called2children of God ; and such we are. For thisreason the world does not know us, because3it did not know Him.
24Beloved, now we are 5children of God, and 6it has not appeared as yetwhat we will be. We know that when He 7appears, we will be 8like Him, because we will 9see Him just as He is.
And everyone who hasthis10hope fixed on Him 11purifieshimself, just as He is pure.
4Everyone who practicessinalsopracticeslawlessness ; and 12sin is lawlessness.
You know that He 13appeared in order to 14takeawaysins ; and 15in Him there is nosin.
6Noone who abides in Him 16sins ; noone who sins has seen Him orb17knows Him.
718Littlechildren, make sure noone19deceives you; 20the one who practicesrighteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous ;
the one who practicessin is 21of the devil ; for the devilchas sinned from the beginning. 22The Son of God23appeared for this purpose, 24to destroy the works of the devil.
9Noone who is d25born of God26practicessin, because His seedabides in him; and he cannotsin, because he is eborn of God.
By this the 27children of God and the 28children of the devil are obvious : fanyone who does not practicerighteousness is not of God, nor the one who 29does not love his 30brother.
1131For this is the message32which you have heard from the beginning, 33that we should loveoneanother ;
not as 34Cain, who was of 35the evilone and slew his brother. And for whatreason did he slay him? Because36his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.
Do not be surprised, brethren, if37the worldhates you.
We know that we have 38passed out of death into life, 39because we love the brethren. He who does not loveabides in death.
15Everyone who 40hates his brother is a murderer ; and you know that 41nomurdererhaseternallifeabiding in him.
We knowlove by this, that 42He laiddown His life for us; and 43we ought to laydown our lives for the 44brethren.
But 45whoeverhas the world'sgoods, and sees his brother in need and 46closes his ghearthagainst him, 47how does the love of Godabide in him?
1848Littlechildren, let us not love with wordor with tongue, but in deed and 49truth.
We will know by this that we are 50of the truth, and will iassure our heartbefore Him
20jin whatever our heartcondemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knowsallthings.
2151Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have52confidencekbeforeGod ;
and 53whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we 54keep His commandments and do55the things that are pleasing in His sight.
23This is His commandment, that we l56believe in 57the name of His SonJesusChrist, and loveoneanother, just as 58He mcommanded us.
The one who 59keeps His commandments60abides in Him, and He in him. 61We know by this that 62He abides in us, by the Spiritwhom He has given us.