The Doorpost: Walking in the light

Ray King  ·  Aug 29, 2017

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. ... whoever hates his brother is in the darkness ... and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:9, 11


Throughout I John, the Apostle presents some indicators to determine if someone is living in the light or living in the darkness. One he mentions the most often is in this passage—hating a brother. 

It is possible for someone to claim confidently to be living in the light, even appearing to live a very devout life, and still be living in the darkness. It is possible to do this without even realizing it, because of eyes blinded by the darkness. I John 1:8 tells us that we can fool ourselves when we refuse to see and admit our sin.

Living in the light makes it possible to avoid the things that cause stumbling. But when someone hates his brother, he is in the darkness and the darkness blinds his eyes. He does not know where he is going. 

Hating a brother makes it impossible to go the right way in life, no matter how devout we may be.