First John
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1 See what manner of love the Father has extended to us, that we should be called children of God, and we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are God's children, and what we shall be, is not yet revealed. We do know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope based on Him purifies himself as He is pure. 4 Everyone practicing sin, is also practicing lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was revealed so He might take away sins, and there is no sin in Him. 6 Everyone who remains in Him does not keep on sinning. Everyone who keeps on sinning, has neither seen Him nor known Him.

7 Little children, let no one deceive you. The one practicing righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. 8 The one practicing sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. This is why the Son of God was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Anyone who has been born of God does not keep on practicing sin, because His seed abides in him, and he is not able to keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this the children of God are made known, and the children of the devil. Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, also someone who does not love his brother.

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another. 12 Not like Cain! He was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death into life because we love the brethren. He who does not love, remains in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 Now whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart against him, how can God's love be abiding in him?

18 Little children, let us love, not in word or with the tongue, but in action and truth. 19 By this we will know that we are of the truth, and will make our heart secure before Him, 20 because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 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 are keeping His commandments and doing the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment, that we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another according to the commandment He gave us. 24 And he who keeps His commandments remains in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He remains in us, by the Spirit whom He gave us.

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