1 John 3
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall
be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as
3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4 Whoever produces sin also produces lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that He was manifested in order to take away our sins, and in Him
there is no sin.
6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Everyone who sins has not seen Him nor known
7 Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who produces righteousness is righteous,
just as He is righteous.
8 He who produces sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this, the Son of God was made known, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and it is not
his nature to sin, because he has been born of God.
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does
not produce righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one
12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he
murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous.
13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother remains in death.
15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal
life abiding in him.
16 By this we know the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we also
ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his
heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
20 For 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 toward God.
22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments
and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son, Jesus
Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we
know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.