WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 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.”
1 John 2:9-11 (ESV)
KNOWING GOD: LOVING OTHERS
After a tough and discouraging day at work, Melvin plopped himself on the couch and began wallowing in self-pity. He moaned to his wife, “Nobody cares about me. In fact, the whole world hates me.” Without even looking up from her work, Melvin’s wife replied, “That’s not true, honey. The whole world couldn’t possibly hate you, because most of them don’t even know you.” (Stephen Collins)
There may be no clearer indication of someone knowing God than the way they treat other people. 1 John 2 doesn’t mince words. This passage basically teaches if you struggle with hating others there is a good chance that you don’t know God. Jesus set the standard in John 13:34 when He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Most of us wouldn’t want to admit that we hate anyone or any people group. However, we may try to minimize the sting by saying we really don’t care for them or some other nicety. The crucial question is, “How does God feel about that person or people group and how does He want me to feel?” Ask God to give you His heart for anyone you are struggling to love the way He loves them.