I John 2:1-11

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My Son declared “I am the light of the world.  He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”  Here My servant John reminds the believers that if they will truly follow My Son they are called to obey His commands and to walk, that is to live in the same way that My Son walked.  This means practically that there will be a deep and abiding desire to obey His commands, to avoid sin and to live in love.  But My servant John recognized that unlike My Son you have a sin nature which must be constantly overcome.  Therefore he recognizes the potential and possibility of sinning.  But there is a remedy, as is declared here, since My Son is the atoning sacrifice for sin.  So to walk in the light doesn’t mean that the possibility of sin is excluded, but rather if it occurs you can, out of a heart of true repentance, confess your sin and desire to renounce it and turn from it.  And if you do you can be assured that I am faithful and just to forgive you and purify you from all unrighteousness. But also, walking in the light, walking as My Son walked, means walking in love.  And as it declares here, that excludes hating your brother.  Not only that, but since My Son gave the commandment to love one another as He loved you, it means much more than not just hating but loving in a way that you willingly lay your life down for your brother even as My Son laid His life down for you.  You may wonder how you will do this in any and every circumstance.  But the key to knowing how to express such love does not lie in a list of rules and directions that cover every conceivable circumstance.  Rather it requires that the desire of your heart is to fulfill this command.  If that desire is truly resident within your heart, you can be confident that My Spirit will indeed show you how to fulfill it in any given circumstance.  My Son did not just lay His life down for His friends; He also laid it down for His enemies.  So in order to walk as He walked, you also must be willing to love your enemies, for did He not so command you?  But you may say, “Oh how impossible this is; who can fulfill it!”  Yet I would have you understand that the fulfilling of it does not depend on what is naturally in you.  Rather it depends upon the truth that My Son is in you through the Holy Spirit who has been given to you.  And if it is your desire to fulfill His command, He will empower you to do so, especially in those circumstances which are beyond your natural powers.  It is indeed His life within you that even stirs you to want to fulfill His command, to want to walk in the light.  These words are given so that you as sons of light may reflect His life to others so that they may be drawn out of the darkness and into the light.  Was it not such a reflection of the light in others that helped to draw you of the darkness to My Son?  And as you observe the world around you becoming even darker, know how very important will be the fulfilling of these words in you.


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