Thursday, November 4, 2010

Love and Hate - 1 John 2

1 John 2
Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
How many people claim to be followers of Christ, yet go home and do things that he commanded us not to do? For instance, being a drunkard, cussing, gambeling, being offended with someone. Anyone who acts like this, is a liar and will never know what it is like to be a complete person.

Verse six plainly commands that we do what Jesus did. Did you see him getting drunk or hating someone? No.

Seeing Jesus as an example, we see a wonderful rolemodel, and we know that if we do follow him and obey his commands, we will be complete. Nothing missing, lacking, or broken.

1 John 2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 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.

Knowing that we must be like Jesus in order to have a complete life, we must shed the ways of the world. That includes forgiving people who have obviously wronged you.

I am talking about those who have done horrible things as well as those who've done minor things. You think it's hard? Try forgiving the person who murdered one of your best friends. Or the person who tried to kill you! Or the person who abandoned you as a child.

Jesus was beaten, bruised, had his skin ripped off and his organs exposed to the air. He had a crown of thorns pounded down into his skull. He also had nails through his arms and feet. Did you see him turn around and say "I'll never forgive you." No! He forgave us, and made a path for us to be free and complete individuals.

To live with unforgiveness is an insult to everything Jesus did for us.

This message is for me as much as it is for everyone else.

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