1 John 2:7-11
English Standard Version (ESV)
The New Commandment7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because[a] the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him[b] there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Again, I must beg forgiveness, but this time, I'm late due to a legitimate emergency of sorts.
Thankfully, (for me), today's passage is straightforward. Blunt. Which is sometimes a good thing, especially with a message as important as this.
Love one another. Bam. The end. Bye!
Haha, just kidding.
But really though, if we say we are followers of Jesus, yet aren't showing His love, then we have a serious problem here, folks. We aren't supposed to ignore sin. We aren't supposed to condone sin in the ''name of love'', that's not really love. Love sometimes has to be tough. Sometimes, nay, often, love is, "hey look, I love you, but you can't keep doing this." That's not easy, but it's still love. We have a responsibility to strike the precarious balance between being loving, and yet still calling sin, sin. It's not easy.
So, as straightforward as this passage is, it doesn't mean it's obedience is easy. Sometimes it can be very difficult to love. Especially those who don't return the love. Or outright hate you.
I'm gonna scoot. I'm not feeling up to snuff today. I'm sorry for the short (and late) post, and will hopefully be able to explain better (and on time!) next week.