The Apostle John wrote: "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now" (I John 2:9).
In his Bible commentary on I John, Zane Hodges wrote: "If the Bible taught that feelings of hatred were a sure sign of an unsaved condition, then virtually no one in the whole church would be saved! But the Bible does not teach this."
The apostle John acknowledges the sad reality but wants the Christian who hates to be quite sure that his moral condition is deplorable. A claim by such a person that "he is in the light" is falsified by his hatred of his fellow Christians. The claim and the hatred taken together simply prove that the hostile Christian "is in darkness until now."
This column started with someone being called "fat." In the language of the original King James Version, Proverbs 11:25 reads, "The liberal soul shall be made fat." Be liberal or generous in love, and you'll find your soul fat, or rich, beyond calculation.
Think about this: When Christians forgive one another and love their enemies, the gospel becomes incarnate. Even the worst haters are defenseless in the face of love.
Memorize this truth: "Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins" (Proverbs 10:12).
Ask this question: Do you forgive as God has forgiven you through Jesus Christ?
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