2Dear friends, now we are children of God. He still hasn’t let us know what we will be. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him. We will see him as he really is. 3He is pure. All who hope to be like him make themselves pure.
4Everyone who sins breaks the law. In fact, breaking the law is sin. 5But you know that Christ came to take our sins away. And there is no sin in him. 6No one who remains joined to him keeps on sinning. No one who keeps on sinning has seen him or known him.
7Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you down the wrong path. Those who do what is right are holy, just as Christ is holy. 8Those who do what is sinful belong to the devil. They are just like him. He has been sinning from the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the devil’s work.
10Here is how you can tell the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Those who don’t do what is right do not belong to God. Those who don’t love their brothers and sisters do not belong to him either.
11From the beginning we have heard that we should love one another. 12Don’t be like Cain. He belonged to the evil one. He murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because the things Cain had done were wrong. But the things his brother had done were right.
13My brothers and sisters, don’t be surprised if the world hates you. 14We know that we have left our old dead condition and entered into new life. We know it because we love one another. Those who do not are still living in their old condition.
18Dear children, don’t just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love. 19That’s how we know that we hold to the truth. And that’s how we put our hearts at rest, knowing that God is watching. 20Our hearts may judge us. But God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.
23God has commanded us to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. He has also commanded us to love one another. 24Those who obey his commands remain joined to him. And he remains joined to them.
How do we know that God lives in us? We know it because of the Holy Spirit he gave us.
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