1 John 3 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God's dear children. And that's what we are. For this reason the world doesn't recognize us, and it didn't recognize him either. 1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 Dear friends, now we are God's children. What we will be isn't completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
3 So all people who have this confidence in Christ keep themselves pure, as Christ is pure. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 Those who live sinful lives are disobeying God. Sin is disobedience. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 You know that Christ appeared in order to take away our sins. He isn't sinful. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
6 Those who live in Christ don't go on sinning. Those who go on sinning haven't seen or known Christ. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7 Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what God approves of has God's approval as Christ has God's approval. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8 The person who lives a sinful life belongs to the devil, because the devil has been committing sin since the beginning. The reason that the Son of God appeared was to destroy what the devil does. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
9 Those who have been born from God don't live sinful lives. What God has said lives in them, and they can't live sinful lives. They have been born from God. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
10 This is the way God's children are distinguished from the devil's children. Everyone who doesn't do what is right or love other believers isn't God's child. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
11 The message that you have heard from the beginning is to love each other. 11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 Don't be like Cain. He was a child of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did Cain murder his brother? Because the things Cain did were evil and the things his brother did had God's approval. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.
13 Brothers and sisters, don't be surprised if the world hates you. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love other believers. The person who doesn't grow in love remains in death. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
15 Everyone who hates another believer is a murderer, and you know that a murderer doesn't have eternal life. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
16 We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
17 Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God's love be in that person if he doesn't bother to help the other believer? 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
18 Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be reassured in his presence. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence
20 Whenever our conscience condemns us, we will be reassured that God is greater than our conscience and knows everything. 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if our conscience doesn't condemn us, we can boldly look to God 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God
22 and receive from him anything we ask. We receive it because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
23 This is his commandment: to believe in his Son, the one named Jesus Christ, and to love each other as he commanded us. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
24 Those who obey Christ's commandments live in God, and God lives in them. We know that he lives in us because he has given us the Spirit. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.