Do you ever feel blinded? Maybe not literally, but often I am blinded and lose sight of what is important. This can show in many ways: poor decisions, anger, fear, behavior, and selfishness. I want to know where I am going in life, and as Christians, we should know where we are going. We are warned of the darkness often, and also of being blinded.
John writes, “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11).
Looking at a larger part of this passage, 1 John 2:7-10 says, “Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.”
We see one of the commandments here and a promise against darkness and being blind. In verse 10,“Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.” A simple act of loving one another can directly help from the side effects of being blinded, but it also has a greater purpose.
John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In John 13:35, he tells us, “By this all people will know.” By loving others, they will see the love of Christ through us and can be one of the greatest ways to witness to others.
Loving our brother is a common theme throughout the Bible; try thinking of one way you can love someone else today.
John 15:12 says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”Romans 12:10 adds, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”