The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother or sister is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother or sister remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother or sister is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (9-11)
How much stumbling comes into our lives because of these three things?
Just thinking about the people who hurt us is like a knife that cuts afresh into our hearts.
Sometimes because we feel all over again all they did to hurt us.
Sometimes because we know our attitude toward them isn’t right and our conscience slices into us.
And so we get angry all over again.
Our anger, hatred, and resentment hang like a millstone around our neck, dragging us down.
How different is the person who has let all that go.
John says that for that person, there is no cause for stumbling in them.
They are free.
They walk with their heads held high.
Their lives are filled with the light of joy.
And of God’s love.
How about you?
How are you walking?