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My children, do not let anyone lead you astray: to live a holy life is to be holy just as He is holy; to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil, since the devil was a sinner from the beginning. It was to undo all that the devil has done that the Son of God appeared. No one who has been begotten by God sins; because God’s seed remains inside him, he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God. (1 Jn 3:7-9).

What are we being told? The beloved disciple is telling us that those who are in God’s friendship belong to Christ; those who are estranged from God, living in unrepentant mortal sin, belong to the devil.

Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Archives

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