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God’s Children

28 So now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears p we may have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. q 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right r has been born of Him. s 3 Look at how great a love t the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the * world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. u We know that when He appears, we will be like Him v because we will see Him as He is. w And everyone who has this hope x in Him purifies himself just as He is pure. y

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; z sin is the breaking of law. You know that He was revealed so that He might take away sins, a b and there is no sin in Him. c Everyone who remains in Him d does not sin; e f everyone who g sins has not seen Him or known Him.

Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who commits h sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God i was revealed j for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works. Everyone who has been born of God k does not sin, l because His m seed n remains in him; he is not able to sin, o because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God’s children—and the Devil’s children—are made evident.

The Command to Love

Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother. p 11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, 12 unlike Cain, q who was of the evil one r and murdered s his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, * brothers, if the world hates t you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death. u 15 Everyone who hates his brother v is a murderer, w and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

Love in Action

16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life x for us. y We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. z 17 If anyone has this world’s goods a and sees his brother in need b but closes his eyes c to his need—how can God’s love reside in him? d

18 Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action. e 19 This is how we will know we belong to the truth f and will convince our conscience in His presence, 20 even if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience, and He knows all things. g

21 Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands h and do what is pleasing in His sight. 23 Now this is His command: that we believe in the name i of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commands remains in Him, j and He in him. And the way we know that He remains in us k is from the Spirit l He has given us.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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