13:1 Yn 3:16; 15:21Tazameni ni pendo kuu namna gani alilotupa Baba, kwamba sisi tuitwe wana wa Mungu! Na ndivyo tulivyo. Kwa sababu hii ulimwengu haututambui, kwa kuwa haukumtambua yeye. 23:2 Rum 8:29; 2Pet 1:4; Za 17:15Wapendwa, sasa tu wana wa Mungu, lakini bado haijadhihirika tutakavyokuwa, lakini twajua ya kwamba yeye atakapodhihirishwa, tutafanana naye, kwa maana tutamwona kama alivyo. 33:3 2Kor 7:1; 2Pet 3:13, 14Kila mmoja mwenye matumaini haya ndani yake hujitakasa, kama vile yeye alivyo mtakatifu.
43:4 1Yn 5:17; Mt 7:23; Rum 4:15Kila mtu atendaye dhambi afanya uasi, kwa kuwa dhambi ni uasi. 53:5 2Kor 5:21; 1Yn 1:2; Isa 53:5, 6, 11; 1Tim 1:15; Ebr 1:3; 9:26; 1Pet 2:24Lakini mwajua ya kuwa yeye alidhihirishwa ili aziondoe dhambi, wala ndani yake hamna dhambi. 63:6 1Yn 5:18; 3Yn 1; 1Yn 2:4Kila mtu akaaye ndani yake hatendi dhambi. Kila mtu atendaye dhambi hakumwona yeye wala hakumtambua.
73:7 1Yn 2:1; 2:26; 2:29Watoto wapendwa, mtu yeyote asiwadanganye. Kila mtu atendaye haki ana haki, kama yeye alivyo na haki. 83:8 Yn 1:13; Za 119:3; 1Pet 1:23Yeye atendaye dhambi ni wa ibilisi, kwa sababu ibilisi amekuwa akitenda dhambi tangu mwanzo. Kwa kusudi hili Mwana wa Mungu alidhihirishwa, ili aziangamize kazi za ibilisi. 93:9 Yn 1:13; 1Yn 3:6; Za 119:3; 1Yn 5:18; 1Pet 1:23Yeyote aliyezaliwa na Mungu hatendi dhambi, kwa sababu uzao wa Mungu wakaa ndani yake, wala hawezi kutenda dhambi kwa sababu amezaliwa na Mungu. 103:10 1Yn 3:1, 2; Yn 1:12; 1Yn 3:8; 4:8; 2:9Kwa jinsi hii tunaweza kujua dhahiri watoto wa Mungu na pia watoto wa ibilisi. Yeyote asiyetenda haki hatokani na Mungu, wala yeye asiyempenda ndugu yake.
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113:11 1Yn 1:5; Yn 15:12Hili ndilo neno mlilolisikia tangu mwanzo: Kwamba imetupasa tupendane sisi kwa sisi. 123:12 Mwa 4:8; Mt 5:37; Za 38:20; Mit 29:10Msiwe kama Kaini aliyekuwa wa yule mwovu akamuua ndugu yake. Basi kwa nini alimuua? Ni kwa sababu matendo yake Kaini yalikuwa mabaya na ya ndugu yake yalikuwa ya haki. 133:13 Yn 15:18, 19; 17:14Ndugu zangu, ninyi msistaajabu kama ulimwengu ukiwachukia. 143:14 Yn 5:24; 1Yn 2:9Sisi tunajua ya kwamba tumepita mautini kuingia uzimani, kwa sababu tunawapenda ndugu. Kila asiyempenda ndugu yake akaa mautini. 153:15 Mt 5:21, 22; Gal 5:20, 21; Yn 3:16Yeyote amchukiaye ndugu yake ni muuaji, nanyi mwajua ya kwamba muuaji hana uzima wa milele ndani yake.
163:16 Yn 10:11; 15:13; Flp 2:17; 1The 2:8Kwa namna hii twaweza kulijua pendo la Mungu: Kwa sababu Yesu Kristo aliutoa uhai wake kwa ajili yetu. Nasi imetupasa kuutoa uhai kwa ajili ya hao ndugu. 173:17 Yak 2:15, 16; 1Yn 4:20Ikiwa mtu anavyo vitu vya ulimwengu huu na akamwona ndugu yake ni mhitaji lakini asimhurumie, upendo wa Mungu wakaaje ndani ya mtu huyo? 183:18 1Yn 2:1; Eze 33:1; Rum 12:9Watoto wapendwa, tusipende kwa maneno au kwa ulimi bali kwa tendo na kweli. 193:19 Yn 18:37; 1Yn 1:8Basi hivi ndivyo tutakavyoweza kujua ya kuwa sisi tu wa kweli na hivyo twaithibitisha mioyo yetu mbele za Mungu 203:20 1Kor 4:4kila mara mioyo yetu inapotuhukumu. Kwa maana Mungu ni mkuu kuliko mioyo yetu, naye anajua kila kitu.
213:21 Efe 3:12; 1Kor 10:14; 1Yn 5:14Wapendwa, kama mioyo yetu haituhukumu, tunao ujasiri mbele za Mungu, 223:22 Mt 7:7; Ebr 13:21lolote tuombalo, twalipokea kutoka kwake, kwa sababu tumezitii amri zake na kutenda yale yanayompendeza. 233:23 Yn 6:23; 13:34Hii ndiyo amri yake: kwamba tuliamini Jina la Mwanawe, Yesu Kristo, na kupendana sisi kwa sisi kama yeye alivyotuamuru. 243:24 1Yn 4:15; 1The 4:8Wale wote wanaozishika amri zake hukaa ndani yake na yeye ndani yao. Hivi ndivyo tunavyojua kwamba anakaa ndani yetu. Nasi twajua hili kwa njia ya Roho yule aliyetupa.
1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,3:2 Or when it is made known we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The 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. 9No-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. 10This 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.
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11For this is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,3:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 16. if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.