“If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark. But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them. If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark.”
Simply based on this Scripture alone, it ought to be abundantly clear that hate really has no place in the Christian’s life. Hate is never justified for any one person or group of people. Love, however, is the consummate Christian virtue. The highest of all truth in Christianity is the grace that is bestowed on us through the love of God. We, in turn, reflect our Lord’s grace by loving others, no matter their gender, race, creed, or ethnicity.
We all have individuals, maybe even a particular group of persons whom we do not like. Perhaps we even despise them. The Apostle John throws the burden of change to fall on those who claim the name of Christ and choose to hate, and not on those for whom we dislike.
So, what will you do today to deal with this Scripture? Will you begin or continue the difficult process of forgiveness? How will you come to be ever more characterized by love? Will you ask God to shine his light on the shadows of your heart? For those who are in the dark do not see their flaws, but those in the light of the Son see clearly their need for God’s help.
Glorious God, you are right and just in all you do. Let your love shine through me today and every day so that the Name of Jesus is known as gracious and good. Amen.