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1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God. Whoever loves someone who is a parent loves the child born to the parent. 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep God’s commandments. 3This is the love of God: we keep God’s commandments. God’s commandments are not difficult, 4because everyone who is born from God defeats the world. And this is the victory that has defeated the world: our faith. 5Who defeats the world? Isn’t it the one who believes that Jesus is God’s Son?
Testimony about Jesus
6This is the one who came by water and blood: Jesus Christ. Not by water only but by water and blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7The three are testifying—8the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and the three are united in agreement. 9If we receive human testimony, God’s testimony is greater, because this is what God testified: he has testified about his Son. 10The one who believes in God’s Son has the testimony within; the one who doesn’t believe God has made God a liar, because that one has not believed the testimony that God gave about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave eternal life to us, and this life is in his Son. 12The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have God’s Son does not have life.
Confidence in prayer
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of God’s Son so that you can know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence that we have in our relationship with God: If we ask for anything in agreement with his will, he listens to us. 15If we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have received what we asked from him. 16If anyone sees a brother or sister committing a sin that does not result in death, they should pray, and God will give life to them—that is, to those who commit sins that don’t result in death. There is a sin that results in death—I’m not saying that you should pray about that. 17Every unrighteous action is sin, but there is a sin that does not result in death.
Be on guard
18We know that everyone born from God does not sin, but the ones born from God guard themselves,#Or but the one who is born from God guards him from sin and the evil one cannot touch them. 19We know we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20We know that God’s Son has come and has given us understanding to know the one who is true. We are in the one who is true by being in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21Little children, guard yourselves from idols!
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