the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one who has been born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually,
because he has been born of God.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother and sister.
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we are to love one another;
not as Cain, who
was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And for what reason did he murder him? Because his own
deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.
Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters,
if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers and sisters.
The one who does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother or sister
is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers and sisters.
But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister
in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him?
Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will set our heart at ease before Him,
that if our heart condemns us, that God is greater than our heart, and He knows all things.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;