Chapter 1 (1 - 2)
Something which has existed since the
that we heard,
that we saw with our own eyes,
that we touched with our hands:
the Word, who is life
- this is our subject
That life was made visible.
We saw it, and we are giving our testimony,
telling you of the eternal life
which was with the Father and has been made visible to us
Jesus, Word-made-flesh, you are the Way, the
Truth and the Life
Chapter 1 (5 - 9)
God is light. There is no darkness in him.
If we say we are in union with God
while we are living in darkness,
we are lying, because we are not living the truth
If we say we have no sin in us,
we are deceiving ourselves
and refusing to admit the truth
But if we acknowledge our sins,
God will forgive us
and purify us from everything that is wrong
Jesus, forgive my sins. Please help me
Chapter 2 (3 - 6)
We can be sure we know God
only by keeping his commandments
Anyone who says "I know him"
and does not keep his commandments,
is a liar, refusing to admit the truth
We can be sure we are in God
only if we are living the same kind of life as Christ lived
Jesus, please help me live like you, live for
Chapter 2 (9 - 16)
Anyone who claims to be in the light
but hates his brother
is still in the dark
Do not love the ungodly values of this world
generated by the sensual body,
the lustful eye
and a pride in
Such things do not come from God
Jesus, please help me avoid worldly values
Chapter 3 (1 - 3)
Think of the love that the Father has lavished
by letting us be called God's children
And God's love has even more in store for us in the future:
we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is
This is why we must try to live good lives.
We must try to be as good as Christ
Jesus, please help me be more like you
Chapter 3 (16 - 21)
This has taught us love:
that Jesus gave up his life for us.
We too should give up our lives for others
If you see someone in need
and refuse to help him,
how can the love of God be in you?
Our love must be put into practice, not be
Anyone who loves God must also love other people
Jesus, help me put my love into practice by
helping people in need
Chapter 4 (7 - 16)
Let us love one another.
Love comes from God.
God is love
God showed his love for us
by sending his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins
Since God has loved us so much
we should love one another
God is love.
Anyone who lives in love, lives in God,
and God lives in him
Jesus, you are love itself. May I
in your love
Chapter 4.20 - 5.13
Anyone who says "I love God"
but hates his brother, is a liar
A man who does not love the brother he can see
cannot love God whom he has never seen
Who can overcome the world?
Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God
God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son
You who believe in the Son of God
have eternal life
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God