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1 John 3:1-11 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

See what great love[a] the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears,[b] we will be like him because we will see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins,[c] and there is no sin in him. Everyone who remains in him does not sin;[d] everyone who sins[e] has not seen him or known him.

Children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who commits[f] sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. Everyone who has been born of God does not sin,[g] because his seed remains in him; he is not able to sin,[h] because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.

Love in Action

11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another,


  1. 3:1 Or what sort of love
  2. 3:2 Or when it appears
  3. 3:5 Other mss read our sins
  4. 3:6 Or not keep on sinning
  5. 3:6 Or who keeps on sinning
  6. 3:8 Or practices
  7. 3:9 Or not practice sin
  8. 3:9 Or to keep on sinning
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