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1 John 3:7-10New King James Version (NKJV)

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The Imperative of Love

10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

New King James Version (NKJV)

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1 John 3:7-10New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil [a]has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is [b]born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is [c]born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: [d]anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 3:8 Lit sins
  2. 1 John 3:9 Or begotten
  3. 1 John 3:9 Or begotten
  4. 1 John 3:10 Lit everyone
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1 John 3:7-10Amplified Bible (AMP)

Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life—in private as well as in public—and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because [a]God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] [b]love his [believing] brother.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 3:9 I.e. in human terms, God’s seed is like a divine “genetic code” which is passed on to His children and produces in them the desire to live in a way which pleases Him.
  2. 1 John 3:10 See note 2:10.
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1 John 3:7-10New International Version (NIV)

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one 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. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

New International Version (NIV)

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1 John 3:7-10King James Version (KJV)

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth 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 manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Matthew 5:48New King James Version (NKJV)

48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Matthew 5:48New American Standard Bible (NASB)

48 Therefore [a]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:48 Lit you shall be
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Matthew 5:48Amplified Bible (AMP)

48 You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Matthew 5:48New International Version (NIV)

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Matthew 5:48King James Version (KJV)

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 6:36New King James Version (NKJV)

36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

New King James Version (NKJV)

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Luke 6:36New American Standard Bible (NASB)

36 [a]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 6:36 Or Become
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Luke 6:36Amplified Bible (AMP)

36 Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.

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Luke 6:36New International Version (NIV)

36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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Luke 6:36King James Version (KJV)

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 9:23-24New King James Version (NKJV)

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 9:23 M-Text omits daily.
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Luke 9:23-24New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 And He was saying to them all, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his [a]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [b]life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 9:24 Or soul
  2. Luke 9:24 Or soul
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Luke 9:23-24Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake, he is the one who will save it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God].

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Luke 9:23-24New International Version (NIV)

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

New International Version (NIV)

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Luke 9:23-24King James Version (KJV)

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luke 14:33New King James Version (NKJV)

33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

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Luke 14:33New American Standard Bible (NASB)

33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

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Luke 14:33Amplified Bible (AMP)

33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] [a]give up all his own possessions.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 14:33 Jesus probably is referring to a willingness and commitment to do so when necessary. Discipleship does not require poverty.
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Luke 14:33New International Version (NIV)

33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

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Luke 14:33King James Version (KJV)

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

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