My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Â He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Â And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. Â By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.