Have you noticed lately that it seems to be fairly common for people to voice opposition to something by employing the exact same behavior that they’re claiming to be against? Let me give an example or two. Someone comes out against bullying by bullying people into being against bullying. Or a person accuses someone of lying but their accusation is full of lies. Kettle, meet pot.
This is not a new phenomenon. The apostle John wrote about it in his first letter. In chapter 2 of that New Testament book he talks about someone who claims to have “come to know Him (Jesus),” but does not keep His commandments. John says that type of person is a liar and the truth is not in him.
Similarly, he says that a person who claims to in the Light “and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now,” and “does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” That’s not to say that we’re expected to never fall short. We will. And John covers that as well, “if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
The longer we walk with Jesus the easier it is to see more fully, because we have spent more time in the Light and our eyes have grown accustomed to it. And the very best news of this story is that the darkness itself “is passing away and the true Light is already shining.”
This week I’ll be sharing from this chapter during Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 09/09 1 John 2:1 – 3
Tue 09/10 1 John 2:4 – 6
Wed 09/11 1 John 2:7 – 8
Thu 09/12 1 John 2:9 – 11
Fri 09/13 1 John 2:12 – 14
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