Still in Darkness

1 John 2:7-11(NIV)

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. 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.

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister 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.

Our world has people who are filled with hatred, bitterness, and prejudice toward people of another race.  We may think that Apartheid is over and that the racial discrimination in years past is all gone.  However, there is still ethnic discrimination and civil wars in other parts of the world.  In North America, there is more tolerance and acceptance of people of different race, but there will still be some hatred, bitterness and slander in the hearts of some people because we are human.

John was teaching that God is love and that there should not be racism, hatred and discrimination towards others of lower status and different backgrounds.  In the first century church, there were people of different nationalities and John was making it clear that those who profess to live in the light should not be hatred among their fellow brothers and sisters.  Just as Jesus was the light, he said that when we are in the light, we will love each other.  If we harbour anything in our hearts, then we are still in the darkness and need to ask God to help us to get back in the light and to imitate the love that He has for us.

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