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August 14, 2015, 7:18 AM

Brother, Where Art Thou?

1 John 2 (NIV)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 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: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

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[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.

 

When I read this text I think of a couple of things randomly, such as the old song "Blinded by the light" and the movie "Oh Brother where art thou" why I have no clue... I guess because of the word "Blinded" in this case it is not by the light but by the darkness. We live in a CRAZY time... the news is full of bad news but we have to be reminded of the good news, Jesus Christ. You see, this day we all live in is a day in age where the world wants to cater to the flesh, not the believer. As a society we have gotten away from our founding roots that this Country was founded on (Faith) and the world is lost and dying without Jesus. In 1 John it states that "But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One".

We have to remember that darkness is all around us BUT the true light is already shinning! We should strive to "live as Jesus did". We will mess up, make mistakes, and have regrets, however we always have to know we have Jesus to look to when we do, He is right there with us to pick us up, brush us off and let Him carry us through. Keep your eyes on Jesus. When you are standing in a dark room, you are more likely to stump your toe, fall and if your like me after this happens you will be in the floor in the fetal position crying and crawling for the door... When you are in darkness (away from Jesus) you are more likely to find yourself Hurt, Broken, Lost and blinded. When you are in the light (living in the light) there is nothing in you to make you stumble. Be good, be good to one another. As brothers and sisters together trust in the Lord and use each other as a support system. The closer you are to the light the better you will be able to see. This reminds me of growing up seeing my grandmother lean over to hold a paper up to the lamp so she could see it better. Is Jesus the light to your path?

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