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1 John 2:3-11
Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked.
Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, “I am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
According to John, Jesus brought light into a dark world without our help or permission. This was a sign of God’s unconditional love for his creation. Unfortunately, many people prefer darkness to light. You see, things done in the dark often stay in the dark. And when you’re in the darkness, the expectations of others are extremely low. But maybe best of all, those who live in the dark can pretend to be ignorant of what God has called us to be and to do. We can from the truth and decide to follow anyone and to do anything we want. I’ll tell you, that’s what it means to choose the dark.
But, of course, we also have it in our power to choose to live in the light. In other words, we can decide that we don’t want to be hidden and ignorant. Rather, we want to enjoy the brilliance of God’s truth and the warmth of his love. Of course, if we decide to claim the light that surrounds us, it will certainly effect our lives. You see, those who acknowledge it’s source and appreciate its value will naturally want to do what is pleasing to the one from which the light comes. And according to Jesus, that all comes down to obeying one clear and emphatic commandment, that we love one another was we’ve been loved. Therefore, when we choose to live lives that reflect love, we are choosing the light.