WALKING IN DARKNESS

 “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 2:11 NIV

 

The plain meaning of today’s verse is that if we live for ourselves with no regard for others, no self-sacrifice or willingness to be inconvenienced to meet others’ needs, then it raises the question whether we truly have experienced the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. John is not talking about occasional lapses into selfishness. We all fail in that area at times. Rather, he’s talking about a lifestyle. The person who lives for themselves and is indifferent towards others, which is what hatred means, “does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes”. They are spiritually blind, groping through life without the light of God’s Word to guide them in God’s ways. Often people who profess to know Christ have relationships which are marked by anger, abusive speech, bitterness and self-centeredness. Invariably, they don’t have a clue as to why they keep experiencing broken relationships. Their lives do not show that they have experienced the love of God in Jesus Christ. Rather, they seem to be in spiritual darkness, blindly moving from one broken relationship to the next. They do not practice biblical love, which is an essential mark of every true Christian. Again, none of us loves perfectly. When we fail, we need to repent and ask forgiveness of the one we have wronged. It is a lifelong process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. But those who have met Him at the cross will be growing in love for others.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, let my daily living express the reality of Your transforming love.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that when we fail we can repent and ask forgiveness of the one we have wronged, knowing that it is a lifelong process of being conformed to Your image. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 6:11-21

 

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