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1 John 3 (Today's New International Version)

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1 See what great love1 the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!2 And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.3 2 Dear friends,4 now we are children of God,5 and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,a6 we shall be like him,7 for we shall see him as he is.8 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves,9 just as he is pure.10 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.11 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.12 And in him is no sin.13 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.14 No one who continues to sin has either seen him15 or known him.16 7 Dear children,17 do not let anyone lead you astray.18 The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.19 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil,20 because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God21 appeared was to destroy the devil's work.22 9 Those who are born of God23 will not continue to sin,24 because God's seed25 remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God26 are and who the children of the devil27 are: Those who do not do what is right are not God's children; nor are those who do not love28 their brothers and sisters.29

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11 For this is the message you heard30 from the beginning:31 We should love one another.32 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one33 and murdered his brother.34 And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.35 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.36 14 We know that we have passed from death to life,37 because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.38 15 Anyone who hates a fellow believer39 is a murderer,40 and you know that no murderers have eternal life in them.41 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.42 And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.43 17 If any one of you has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them,44 how can the love of God be in you?45 18 Dear children,46 let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.47 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends,48 if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God49 22 and receive from him anything we ask,50 because we keep his commands51 and do what pleases him.52 23 And this is his command: to believe53 in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,54 and to love one another as he commanded us.55 24 Those who keep his commands56 live in him,57 and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.58
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