1 John 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God. And that's what we really are! The world doesn't know us because it didn't know him. 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 children of God. He still hasn't let us know what we will be. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him. We will see him as he really 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 He is pure. All who hope to be like him make themselves pure. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins breaks the law. In fact, breaking the law is sin. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 But you know that Christ came to take our sins away. And there is no sin in him. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
6 No one who remains joined to him keeps on sinning. No one who keeps on sinning has seen him or known him. 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 lead you down the wrong path. Those who do what is right are holy, just as Christ is holy. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8 Those who do what is sinful belong to the devil. They are just like him. He has been sinning from the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the devil's work. 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 are born again because of what God has done will not keep on sinning. God's very nature remains in them. They can't go on sinning. They have been born again because of what God has done. 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 Here is how you can tell the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Those who don't do what is right do not belong to God. Those who don't love their brothers and sisters do not belong to him either. 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 From the beginning we have heard that we should love one another. 11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 Don't be like Cain. He belonged to the evil one. He murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because the things Cain had done were wrong. But the things his brother had done were right. 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 My 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 left our old dead condition and entered into new life. We know it because we love one another. Those who do not are still living in their old condition. 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 Those who hate their brothers and sisters are murderers. And you know that murderers do not have eternal life in their hearts. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
16 We know what love is because Jesus Christ gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters. 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 Suppose someone sees a brother or sister in need and is able to help them. If he doesn't take pity on them, how can the love of God be in him? 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, don't just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love. 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
19 That's how we know that we hold to the truth. And that's how we put our hearts at rest, knowing that God is watching. 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 Our hearts may judge us. But God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything. 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not judge us, we can be bold with God. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God
22 And he will give us anything we ask. That's because we obey his commands. We do what pleases him. 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
23 God has commanded us to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. He has also commanded us to love one another. 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 his commands remain joined to him. And he remains joined to them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know it because of the Holy Spirit he gave us. 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.