"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 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." I John 2:9-11
Begin your time with God in prayer.
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Read 1 John 2:9-11 and write out verses 10.
To hate means to harbor malice toward others (Mounce, 322). Malice according to Webster’s Dictionary means to “desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another.” Note, even if you don’t act it out, desiring it in your heart or thinking it in your mind is still sin.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
Be still and allow the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and your mind. Whom do you struggle to love? Ask God to help you to forgive them in the same way God has forgiven you (even though you didn’t deserve it). Picture how you can love this person with God’s love. Seek to walk in the light today, ready to love those who God brings across your path.
Father, I confess that that I don’t always love people and at times even hate them. Please forgive me for not forgiving them. Help me to desire to love them and choose to love them today as I walk in the light of Your truth. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Matt 18:21-22
"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." 1 Peter 1:22-23
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:29-32
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Posted on Thu, August 13, 2015
by Cathy Hurtado