The sons of God will become like Christ—Love for others is required to gain eternal life—Obedience ensures us an answer to our prayers.
1 Behold, what manner of alove the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the bsons of God: therefore the cworld knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the asons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall bappear, we shall be clike him; for we shall dsee him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this ahope in him bpurifieth himself, even as he is cpure.
4 Whosoever committeth sin atransgresseth also the law: for bsin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our asins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him asinneth not: bwhosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither cknown him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that acommitteth bsin is of the devil; for the devil csinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the ddevil.
9 Whosoever is aborn of God bdoth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are amanifest, and the bchildren of the devil: whosoever doeth not crighteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the amessage that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as aCain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto alife, because we love the bbrethren. He that cloveth not his brother abideth in ddeath.
15 Whosoever ahateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no bmurderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the alove of bGod, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his abrother have bneed, and cshutteth up his bowels of dcompassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, aneither in tongue; but in bdeed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and aknoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we aconfidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we aask, we receive of him, because we bkeep his ccommandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his acommandment, That we should bbelieve on the cname of his Son Jesus Christ, and dlove one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments adwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he babideth in us, by the cSpirit which he hath given us.