Living in Light
“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister 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 2.10-11 NIV).
If we are holding something against someone else, we have far much more of a chance of stumbling in our faith. Having negative feelings that are not of God towards another person places us in the dark and outside of God’s light. If we are harboring feelings of anger, resentment, jealousy, criticism, etc., we must confess it quickly to God. Otherwise, we may become accustomed to living in the spiritual darkness, allowing offense to guide us instead of the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean that we should ignore it when people hurt us, but it does mean we need to instantly give that hurt to God, so we won’t step foot into the darkness. We can care for others while still maintaining a safe distance from them. We can separate ourselves from damaging people, but still pray for them. We don’t have to excuse the harmful behavior of others in order to continue loving them. God is both loving and just, and we can learn how to love others but resist their destructive words and actions. We must not allow others to throw us out of God’s will. God loves all of His Children, and He has died for each one of us. We can forgive others as God forgave us, knowing that we will live joyfully and peacefully in the light of God.
“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4.32 NLT).