This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.