Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
We love him, because he first loved us.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.