A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, April 12, 2021
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Good morning! It’s April 12 and it’s time for a Daily Dose of Good News and we’re in 1 John 2:3-11. Continuing on from our passage yesterday. I will simply let you know, it all sounds lovely, and then you get to the end and it’s tougher. So, get ready for that…
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.
Here ends the reading.
Fortunately for me, yesterday, I got a redirect from one of my kids, and I, of course, didn’t like that. They confronted me about a behavior that I was doing that goes along with this passage. It took me a moment, I will admit. We were picking up some food and I got out of the car and probably stomped off at first. I picked up the food and processed and thought about what was spoken to me, and by the time I got back in the car, I was able to say: “thanks for sharing that and I am totally doing that. So, I’ll work on it and I appreciate it”. So, it was a blind spot for me. It was something I had not noticed on my own, hadn’t seen, wasn’t aware of, probably would have justified- if I had been aware of it. But I appreciated that it was raised for my consciousness, so I could look at it, and really look at it, and not shove it away.
So, I encourage you today, because you may have family members in your home, or who you can call on the telephone, or you may have a spouse who’s right there with you, or kids who are right there with you, to talk to them. We all have blind spots, right? In cars that are relatively recently made, there’s a sensor that goes off when another car gets in our blind spot. It’s simply acknowledging- we all have blind spots where we don’t see that there’s a danger, we don’t see that there’s a problem, we don’t see that there’s trouble. So, I’m going to encourage you today to reach out to someone today in your family, or someone who knows you well- maybe you’ve got a best friend who knows you well- and see if they can help raise a blind spot to your awareness on a place where you are struggling with this part about loving a brother or sister in Christ. I hear this, sometimes in churches or other places, sometimes people have some degree of awareness of ‘I struggle with such and such a group’. Or ‘I feel uncomfortable around this group and I don’t know how I feel about it or what to do about it’. Sometimes there’s some level of awareness about it. Sometimes people won’t notice it at all, and the way I hear it sometimes, and the way I do it sometimes is, anything that’s going to make me inflate myself or that’s going to inflate ourselves as a group, and while we’re inflating ourselves, we’re pointing the finger at someone else, or we’re judging someone else, or we’re saying they don’t quite have it right but I do’. (Laughs). That’s going to be a place where this verse is applicable for you. Maybe it’s like the experience you might have had as a kid, if you were out on a hike, maybe you knew that if you lifted up a log that had been there for a long time, you were always going to find creepy, crawly bugs under, it. Because that’s just the way it goes. So, I think that’s maybe a good sensor for us. Any place where we are judging another group or another person as not showing God’s character, but certainly we are showing God’s character by doing whatever, and they’re not. That’s probably a place where you’re not loving your brother or sister in Christ. Someplace where you think: ‘I’m following God’s will- and they’re not!’ You’re probably judging your brother or sister and possibly hating them in that.
So, a tough passage in some ways, but also great in some ways, because what’s being asked of you is for you to leave the darkness. The darkness is a place of confusion, it’s a place where we can trip and fall, or stumble, a place of pain. So we don’t really want to stay there. We want to head towards the light. Jesus is the light of the world and that’s where we want to be! Jesus came at Easter and is the light of the world. So, we want to go running toward that. So today, get your walking shoes on, get your running shoes on, but head in that direction. And as a friend or a loved one who can help you see your blind spots. They don’t have to go into it in great detail- they can tell you in one sentence or two- because they probably know you well enough to know- and just go away, think about it, pray about it, talk to God about it. Have God help you love your brothers and sisters in Christ, to the best of your ability, with God’s help. Have a great day everybody! Bye-bye!