If I don’t want to fall into sin, I must not hate my brother…

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Gift:  Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Reading:  Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.  (1 John 2:9-11)

Observation:  As soon as I read the 9th verse this morning on the daily readings that come to my phone, I knew that God was speaking to me with these words.  I have often wondered why I have fallen into the same sin as if I did not see it coming again, and I think that God is revealing to me this morning the reason this happens.  I sat here this morning trying to think of someone who I harbor resentment towards or even hate, because of something that they did to me in the past, and I couldn’t come up with anyone.  However, as I reflected further on these verses, I realized that God was talking about the people who are closest to me.  Let me explain, I love my family but it may be hard for them to know that at times.  Too often, I expect them to like the things that I like and be like me, rather than loving them for who they are.

Personification:  Love  If I want to be able to walk in the light, I must be willing to love the way that Jesus loves, unconditionally.  It is natural for me to have expectations of my wife and children, but I cannot let those expectations be the driving force behind my love for them.  I hope that God will give me the grace necessary to carry this out fully in my life today and the rest of my life.

Prayer:  Lord, guide my steps today to live out the words of the scripture and stay out of the darkness that has blinded me for so long.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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