1 John 2:1-11 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
2 He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments. 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
4 If someone says, "I belong to God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 4 The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But those who obey God's word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did. 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the beginning. This commandment -- to love one another -- is the same message you heard before. 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.
8 Yet it is also new. This commandment is true in Christ and is true among you, because the darkness is disappearing and the true light is already shining. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 If anyone says, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
10 Anyone who loves other Christians is living in the light and does not cause anyone to stumble. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
11 Anyone who hates a Christian brother or sister is living and walking in darkness. Such a person is lost, having been blinded by the darkness. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.