Thursday, December 2, 2010

1 John 2:7-11

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 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.

Questions to consider:
  • What is the commandment which is neither old nor new?
  • What does your attitude toward your brother reveal?
  • What are the advantages of being in the light?
  • What are the disadvantages of being in the darkness?
Possibilities for prayer:

John seems to indicate that love is a pretty important component of living in the light--it is loving each other that indicates that we are living in the light and hating one another that indicates if we are living in the darkness. Let’s ask God for a greater understanding of what it means to love one another, and for the strength to do so well.