1 John 3 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children. 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 Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for 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 And all who believe this will keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 Those who sin are opposed to the law of God, for all sin opposes the law of God. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, for 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 So if we continue to live in him, we won't sin either. But those who keep on sinning have never known him or understood who he is. 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 about this: When people do what is right, it is because they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil. 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 into God's family do not sin, because God's life is in them. So they can't keep on sinning, because they have been born of 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 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God's commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God. 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 This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was 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 So don't be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 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 Anyone who hates another Christian is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
16 We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian 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 But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help -- how can God's love be in that person? 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, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
19 It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord, 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 even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and 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 conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God
22 And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please him. 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just 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 God's commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in 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.