He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him (1 John 2:10).
Oh, life is easy when you’re in love with absolutely everybody. I like to say to myself, “I love everybody and everybody loves me.” It makes me feel good and it gives me wonderful relationships even if they only last for a Sunday morning.
But I’ve noticed that even during the week merchants treat me better if I say that to myself. I have fun with the people who call me on the phone, even those pesky marketeers. It’s a wonderful way to live.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like stumbling. I like being sure-footed. Walking in the dark does not give me any confidence. I prefer the light.
Love is associated with light and hatred is associated with darkness. Pretty obvious what the choice should be! You might say, “Yes, but you don’t know what that person did against me!”
Oh, but I do. If you knew my life history, you would wonder how I ever found the Light. Thank God He came for me!
We can’t stop thoughts from coming to us about past hurts, but we can refuse to stumble over them by deliberately choosing to think about something else, something that gives us joy, or light, or happiness, or love.
All I have to do is start thinking about Jesus and how much He loves me and darkness flees. Try it. You’ll like it.
Remember, I love you and you love me!
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now (1 John 2:9).
Boy, there are some people I would love to hate, but I can’t. I want to be in the light. I like living my life in joy unspeakable and full of glory.
If I allow hate to live in me, even for VERY GOOD reasons, I can’t live in that light. I have to take that terrible thing that someone did to me, put it on the altar of heaven, plead the Blood over it and let God handle it.
I can’t even go back and check on the altar to see if God sufficiently punished the evildoer. Either I give it to God or I don’t.
I don’t have to restore that brother to the position he had with me before, until he repents and asks forgiveness for the thing he did against me, then I must restore him.
What I have to do is dance my way into the light and not even think about what was done against me. It’s now God’s problem, not mine.