Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. The old commandment - to love one another - is the same message you heard before. Yet, it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment and you are also living it. For the darkness is disappearing and the true light is already shining.
If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble, but anyone who hates another is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.
1 John 2:7-11
Hate has no part. No part in light. It is only present in darkness. There is someone I would "love to hate," but I cannot. Jesus' example says I may not. I realize that which I allow in my heart - specifically to hate someone -- causes me to dish out on myself that very hate.
When that form of hate is unforgiveness, it inhabits sin and haunts my soul. When I don't embrace (love) someone, I fail to embrace myself, not being far removed for the cause of hate in others. Forgiveness has a big price tag. Jesus paid that price so that I and my fellow Christian don't pay for it, except when we reject that forgiveness. Then someone will pay.
Either the offender pays or the offended pays. Sometimes both because compensation may not always cover the offense, even with good intentions. So Jesus' work on the cross becomes paramount for my peace personally and relationally. There is too much sin to manage on my own.
So, love, I must! Forgive, I must! I am ready to extend that which I learned from the one who loved first and best. I am ready to forgive as freely as I have been forgiven.
To live in the light - the path lit, being able to see, being able to discern - is the course of true freedom. "The way to go" can only be known when there is light.
Make it so!
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