December 1

1 Jn 2:1-17

My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. One who says, ďI know him,Ē and doesnít keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isnít in him. But whoever keeps his word, Godís love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked.

Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shines. He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now. He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesnít know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his nameís sake.

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.

I have written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

Donít love the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Fatherís love isnít in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isnít the Fatherís, but is the worldís. The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does Godís will remains forever.