1 John 3

WPNT(i) 1 Consider how great a love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God! The world does not acknowledge us for this reason: it did not acknowledge Him. 2 Dear ones, right 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 will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is 3 —everyone who has this hope upon him purifies himself, even as He is pure. 4 Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness as well; yes, sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was revealed in order to remove our sins—in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever is abiding in Him does not sin; indeed, whoever is sinning has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Dear children, let no one mislead you; he who keeps doing righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who keeps doing sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was manifested for this purpose: to undo the devil’s works. 9 Whoever has been begotten by God does not commit sin, because His seed remains in him; actually, he is not able to sin, because he has been begotten by God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are distinguished: whoever isn’t doing righteousness is not of God, also whoever isn’t loving his brother. 11 Because this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another 12 —not like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own works were evil, while those of his brother were righteous. 13 My brothers, don’t be surprised if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have transferred out of the death into the life because we love our brothers; he who doesn’t love his brother remains in the death. 15 Whoever is hating his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding within himself. 16 We know the Love by this: He laid down His life in our behalf; we also are obligated to lay down our lives in behalf of our brothers. 17 Now whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart toward him—how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My dear children, let us not love in word or with the tongue only, but in deed and truth 19 —yes, by this we know that we are of the Truth and may put our hearts at ease in His presence, 20 and that, if our heart should condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knows all. 21 Dear ones, if our heart doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence toward God, 22 and whatever we may ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 Now this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded. 24 He who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. This is how we know that He remains in us: by the Spirit whom He gave us.