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14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers,[a] 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[b] is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.

16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[c] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

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Footnotes

  1. 3:14 Greek the brothers; similarly in 3:16.
  2. 3:15 Greek hates his brother.
  3. 3:17 Greek sees his brother.

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