Have you ever looked at certain recurring statements used in certain Books of the Bible? In the Book of 1 John the recurring "catch-words" are "If We".
When reading them look at the contrast John makes on those who just SAY something versus those who DO something. Some so-called Christians have just a confession, but the marks of a true Christian is an action that follows a confession.
Enjoy the "IF WE" statements of 1 John:
1Jn_1:6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
1Jn_1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1Jn_1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn_1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn_1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1Jn_2:3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jn_4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
1Jn_5:9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
1Jn_5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1Jn_5:15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.