December 29, 2011, Reading

The First Letter of Saint John   2: 3-11

2:3 And we can be sure that we have known him by this: if we observe his commandments.
2:4 Whoever claims that he knows him, and yet does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the charity of God is perfected. And by this we know that we are in him.
2:6 Whoever declares himself to remain in him, ought to walk just as he himself walked.
2:7 Most beloved, I am not writing to you a new commandment, but the old commandment, which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the Word, which you have heard.
2:8 Then too, I am writing to you a new commandment, which is the Truth in him and in you. For the darkness has passed away, and the true Light is now shining.
2:9 Whoever declares himself to be in the light, and yet hates his brother, is in the darkness even now.
2:10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause of offense in him.
2:11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness, and in darkness he walks, and he does not know where he is going. For the darkness has blinded his eyes.


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