Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew him not.
^2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is.
^3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as
he is pure.
^4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law.
^5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him
is no sin.
^6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not
seen him, neither known him.
^7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness
is righteous, even as he is righteous.
^8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from
the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.
^9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth
in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
^10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the
devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
^11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another.
^12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his
^13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
^14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love
the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
^15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no
murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
^16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life
for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
^17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need,
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love
of God in him?
^18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but
in deed and in truth.
^19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our
hearts before him.
^20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and
knoweth all things.
^21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence
^22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those 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 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in
him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he
hath given us.