Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John 2:10-11
This is the second mention of “love” in John’s first letter to the early church. The first mention was about the role obedience plays in a complete Spiritual union with the Lord.
Here, hatred and love for another believer (brother or sister in Christ) are in stark contrast, not as emotions, but as attitudes and actions. Love for them shows we live in the light; hate, on the other hand, shows we live in darkness.
The danger of hating another is twofold. First, it can cause us to stumble (fall into sin). And second, the darkness of hatred causes us to walk around not knowing where we are going.
I have a blind dog. Hunter wasn’t always blind. He became blind due to the SARD’s illness (Sudden Acquired Retinal Deficiency). Within two weeks of getting the disease, he went totally blind.
It’s been two years now and he still has trouble knowing where he is going. He bumps into things and stumbles around. Even though he knows the house and yard, he lives in darkness and it trips him up from time to time making his journies difficult.
When we harbor hatred in our heart, we may think we know where we’re going, but the spiritual darkness trips us up, we stumble and lose our way. Just like my dog, Hunter.
On the other hand, when we love our brothers and sisters, we are living in the light and there is nothing inside of us that can cause us to stumble – to fall into sin.
Love for others keeps us from darkness and sin.
Are you game for the #LoveChallenge today? Will you turn on your love light?