1 )My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous.
2)And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for the whole world.
3)Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4)He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5)But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6)He who says he aides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7)Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but and old commandment which you have had from the beginning.
8) Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9)He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother is in darkness until now.
10)He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11)But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12)I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13) I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because , you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14)I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you , young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
15)Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16)For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
17) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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