My little children,
these things I write to you,
so that you may not sin.
And if anyone sins,
we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous.
And He Himself
is the propitiation for our sins,
and not for ours only
but also for the whole world.
I write no new commandment to you,
but an old commandment
which you have had from the beginning.
The old commandment is the word
which you heard from the beginning.
a new commandment I write to you,
which thing is true in Him and in you,
because the darkness is passing away,
and the true light is already shining.
He who says he is in the light,
and hates his brother,
is in darkness until now.
He who loves his brother
abides in the light,
and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
But he who hates his brother
is in darkness and walks in darkness,
and does not know where he is going,
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
I John 2:1-2, 7-11 NKJV