1 John 2:9-11

1 John 2:9-11

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them (1 John 2:9-11).

Here, John expands upon the darkness verses the light. He gives us another way to tell if we, or others, are walking in the Light (God) or the darkness (evil, world, devil). We learn that anyone who hates their brother is in darkness. They are filled with ideologies that make them stumble. Why? Because if you are in Christ, you cannot hate. If you are in Christ, you are in the Light. If you are in the Light, you love your brothers and sisters.

The word “hate” here, in the original language speaks of someone who is a habitual hater. Someone who lives in hate. Someone whose life can be seen with much hatred towards others. Truly, you cannot live this way and be born of God.

What I find interesting in these couple of verses is that those who are in darkness are blinded and don’t know where they’re going. They don’t really know Jesus. Nor do they realize what will happen to them after they die. They are likely in denial–thinking that they are saved, but in reality, they hate.

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