1 John 3:1 ¶Behold, what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4 ¶Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 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.
9 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.
11 ¶For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 ¶We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 ¶For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
My highlghted verses:1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
Because what we ask for is His will, BECAUSE we keep His commandments AND do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
... because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
But know this: If you remain ignorant of His Word once you have been saved, you cannot please Him.
One of the things that pleases our Father is for us to become knowledgeable of His precious Word, as it is written, and then to carry forth that spirit which dwells in us in DEED and in TRUTH!
This is a whole lot different than the "let's-just-love-one-another-and-get-along" theology.
You may have to exercise severe discipline and chastisement and "kick some butt" at times to show love, especially to an enemy.
So love you brothers, and your enemies, God's way, in Deed and in Truth, and let your light shine and they may see your hope and perhaps desire that the light that dwells in you may come replace the darkness and despair that occupies their hearts.
Again, these things do please our Father when we keep His commandment to love our brothers.
Therefore whatsoever you ask in His name to help you do His will and those things which please Him, He will see to it that you have them.
Not only that, He will pour out His blessings upon you and see that you lack for nothing else.
1 Jn. 1:23
And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Is He not the greater?
If He, therefore, was willing to lay down His life for us, should we not be willing to do the same for our brothers?
When we do His will and keep His commandments, then the Spirit of Truth which He has given us will continue to dwell in us and the spirit of Cain can never enter in!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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