New Living Translation

1 John 3

1See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.

Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life[a] is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 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[b] 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,[c] if the world hates you.

14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers,[d] 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[e] 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[f] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

Notas al pie

  1. 3:9 Greek because his seed.
  2. 3:10 Greek does not love his brother.
  3. 3:13 Greek brothers.
  4. 3:14 Greek the brothers; similarly in 3:16.
  5. 3:15 Greek hates his brother.
  6. 3:17 Greek sees his brother.

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Guds børn lever ikke i synd

1Tænk, hvor højt Gud Fader elsker os! Vi må kaldes hans børn, og det er vi! De, der tilhører denne verden, forstår os ikke, fordi de ikke forstår, hvem Jesus[a] er. Elskede venner, vi er Guds børn allerede her og nu, og vi kan ikke forestille os, hvor herligt det vil blive i fremtiden engang. Vi ved dog så meget, at når Jesus kommer igen, skal vi blive ligesom ham, for til den tid får vi ham at se, som han er i al sin herlighed. Enhver, der lever i den forventning, må rense sig for at blive ligesom ham, der er renheden selv.

Enhver, der lever i synd, lever i oprør mod Gud. Al synd er nemlig oprør mod Gud. I ved, at Jesus blev født ind i denne verden for at tage vores synd på sig,[b] men at han aldrig selv begik nogen synd. Den, der holder fast ved ham,[c] lever ikke i synd. Den, der lever i synd, har ikke virkelig mødt ham og har ikke virkelig forstået, hvem han er.

Lad ingen føre jer på vildspor, kære børn! De, der følger Guds vilje, ligesom Jesus gjorde, er dem, der hører ham til. De, der lever i synd, følger Djævelens vilje, for Djævelen har levet i oprør mod Gud fra begyndelsen af. Husk, at Guds Søn kom til jorden for at gøre ende på Djævelens gerninger. De, der er født af Gud, lever ikke i synd, for de har noget af Guds natur i sig. De kan ikke få sig selv til at synde, for de er født af Gud. 10 Men de, der ikke lever efter Guds vilje og ikke elsker andre kristne, er ikke født af Gud. På den måde kan man skelne mellem, hvem der er Guds børn, og hvem der er Djævelens børn.

Vis jeres kærlighed i handling, som Jesus gjorde

11 Det er altså ikke et budskab, som er nyt for jer, for I har altid vidst, at: Vi skal elske hinanden. 12 Lad os ikke være som Kain, der fulgte den Ondes vilje og myrdede sin bror. Hvorfor gjorde han det? Han hadede ham, fordi hans egne handlinger var onde, men Abels var gode. 13 Derfor skal I ikke undre jer over, at verden hader jer.

14 Vi ved, at vi, som elsker andre kristne, er gået over fra døden til livet. Men et menneske, der ikke viser kærlighed, befinder sig i dødens mørke. 15 Hvis I, som tilhører samme åndelige familie, hader hinanden, er I jo ikke bedre end mordere, og I ved, at mordere ikke har del i det evige liv. 16 Vi har lært, hvad kærlighed virkelig er, ved at se Jesus ofre sit liv for os. Derfor bør vi også være parate til at ofre livet for vores medkristne.

17 Hvis en kristen, der har rigeligt med penge, ser en anden kristen lide nød, men nægter at hjælpe, hvordan kan Guds kærlighed så være i sådan en person? 18 Mine kære børn, lad os ikke nøjes med at sige, at vi elsker hinanden, lad os vise det i praksis. 19 Derved kan vi vide, at vi hører Sandheden til, og så kan vi stå foran Gud med god samvittighed. 20 Selvom vores hjerte måske vil fordømme os, så ved vi, at Gud er større end vores hjerte, og at han kender det hele.

21 Elskede venner, hvis vores hjerte ikke fordømmer os, kan vi være frimodige over for Gud 22 og tro på, at vi får det, vi beder om, fordi vi følger hans befalinger og gør det, der glæder ham. 23 Hans befaling er, at vi skal tro på hans Søn, Jesus Kristus, og at vi skal elske hinanden. 24 De, der følger hans befalinger, holder sig nær til ham, og han holder sig nær til dem. Hvordan kan vi vide, at Gud er os nær? Det kan vi gennem den Ånd, han har givet os.

Notas al pie

  1. 3,1 Eller: „hvem Gud er.” Ordret: „hvem han er.”
  2. 3,5 Jf. Joh. 1,29.
  3. 3,6 Jf. Joh. 15,4-7.