1 John 3:11-24

Love One Another

11 For 1this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, 2that we should love one another.
12 We should not be like 3Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? 4Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[a]5that the world hates you.
14 We know that 6we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
15 7Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that 8no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that 9he laid down his life for us, and 10we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But 11if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet 12closes his heart against him, 13how does God's love abide in him?
18 Little children, let us not 14love in word or talk but in deed and 15in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
21 Beloved, 16if our heart does not condemn us, 17we have confidence before God;
22 and 18whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and 19do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment, 20that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and 21love one another, 22just as he has commanded us.
24 23Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[b] and God[c] in him. And 24by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

1 John 3:11-24 In-Context

9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
13 Do not be surprised, brothers,that the world hates you.
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

Cross References 24

  • 1. 1 John 1:5; 1 John 2:24
  • 2. See John 13:34
  • 3. Genesis 4:4, 8; Hebrews 11:4; Jude 11
  • 4. Psalms 38:20; Proverbs 29:10
  • 5. John 15:18; John 17:14
  • 6. John 5:24
  • 7. Matthew 5:21, 22
  • 8. Galatians 5:21; Revelation 21:8
  • 9. See John 15:13
  • 10. [Philippians 2:17]
  • 11. James 2:15, 16
  • 12. Deuteronomy 15:7
  • 13. [1 John 4:20]
  • 14. Ezekiel 33:31; Ephesians 4:15
  • 15. 2 John 1; 3 John 1
  • 16. [1 Corinthians 4:4]
  • 17. 1 John 5:14; [Job 11:15; Job 22:26; Romans 14:22]
  • 18. See Matthew 7:7
  • 19. John 8:29
  • 20. John 6:29; [Acts 18:8]
  • 21. ver. 11
  • 22. [1 John 2:8]
  • 23. [John 6:56; John 14:20; John 15:4, 5; John 17:21]
  • 24. 1 John 4:13; Romans 8:9

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated "brothers") refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church; also verses 14, 16
  • [b]. Greek him
  • [c]. Greek he
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