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1 John 3

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He laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him. +
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. +
Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure. +
Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. +
You know that he was revealed to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. +
Whoever remains in him doesn't sin. Whoever sins hasn't seen him and doesn't know him. +
Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. +
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. To this end the Son of God was revealed: that he might destroy the works of the devil. +
Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God. +
In this the children of God are revealed, and the children of the devil. Whoever doesn't do righteousness is not of God, neither is he who doesn't love his brother. +
For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; +
unlike Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's righteous. +
Don't be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. +
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death. +
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. +
By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. +
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does God's love remain in him? +
My little children, let's not love in word only, or with the tongue only, but in deed and truth. +
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him, +
because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. +
Beloved, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have boldness toward God; +
and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. +
This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded. +
He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the Spirit which he gave us. +

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