Love One Another

1 John 3

11 For v this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, w that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like x Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? y Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, 1 z that the world hates you. 14 We know that a we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 b Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that c no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

16 By this we know love, that d he laid down his life for us, and e we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But f if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet g closes his heart against him, h how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not i love in word or talk but in deed and j in truth.

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, k if our heart does not condemn us, l we have confidence before God; 22 and m whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and n do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, o that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and p love one another, q just as he has commanded us. 24 r Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, 2 and God 3 in him. And s by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

  1. Cross References
    1 John 1:5
    This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
    1 John 2:24
    Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
  2. Cross References
    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 4:4
    And Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering.
    Genesis 4:8
    Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
    Hebrews 11:4
    By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
    Jude 1:11
    Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error and perished in Korah's rebellion.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 38:20
    Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good.
    Proverbs 29:10
    Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright.
  5. Cross References
    John 15:18
    If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
    John 17:14
    I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
  6. Cross References
    John 5:24
    Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 5:21 - 22
    "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'
  8. Cross References
    Galatians 5:21
    Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    Revelation 21:8
    But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
  9. Cross References
    John 15:13
    Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
  10. Cross References
    Philippians 2:17
    Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
  11. Cross References
    James 2:15 - 16
    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 15:7
    If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother.
  13. Cross References
    1 John 4:20
    If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
  14. Cross References
    Ezekiel 33:31
    And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain.
    Ephesians 4:15
    Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.
  15. Cross References
    2 John 1:1
    The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth.
    3 John 1:1
    The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:4
    For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
  17. Cross References
    1 John 5:14
    And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
    Job 11:15
    Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.
    Job 22:26
    For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.
    Romans 14:22
    The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 7:7
    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
  19. Cross References
    John 8:29
    And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.
  20. Cross References
    John 6:29
    Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
    Acts 18:8
    Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.
  21. Cross References
    1 John 3:11
    For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  22. Cross References
    1 John 2:8
    At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
  23. Cross References
    John 6:56
    Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
    John 14:20
    In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
    John 15:4 - 5
    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
    John 17:21
    That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
  24. Cross References
    1 John 4:13
    By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
    Romans 8:9
    You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
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