A Reading from the First Letter of Saint John 3: 18-24
|My little sons, let us not love in words only, but in works and in truth.
|In this way, we will know that we are of the truth, and we will commend our hearts in his sight.
|For even if our heart reproaches us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows all things.
|Most beloved, if our heart does not reproach us, we can have confidence toward God;
|and whatever we shall request of him, we shall receive from him. For we keep his commandments, and we do the things that are pleasing in his sight.
|And this is his commandment: that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
|And those who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And we know that he abides in us by this: by the Spirit, whom he has given to us.