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10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers[a] does not belong to God.

Love One Another

11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters,[b] if the world hates you.

14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers,[c] it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister[d] is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.

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  1. 3:10 Greek does not love his brother.
  2. 3:13 Greek brothers.
  3. 3:14 Greek the brothers; similarly in 3:16.
  4. 3:15 Greek hates his brother.

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