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1 John 2:7-11

Spud Duffey

Nov 2, 2014

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1 John 2:7-11
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have had from the beginning. The old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he's going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Big Idea - Loving each other is so much more than a confession.

1. The command to love is familiar but needs to be refreshed!

1 John 2:7-8
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have had from the beginning. The old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

John 15:12
This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again: "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life."

2. Hatred is a reflection of darkness and the absence of love.

Greek expression of hate = To kill their heart

1 John 2:9
The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

Romans 10:12
for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:19
Don't stifle the Spirit.

3. There is freedom with each other if we have love.

1 John 2:10
The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

4. If we are not walking in love, we are blind to the truth of our condition and the work of God.

1 John 2:11
But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he's going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Leviticus 19:17-18
"You must not harbor hatred against your brother. Rebuke your neighbor directly, and you will not incur guilt because of him. Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.

Application

Perspective

Do we justify our darkness or embrace the freedom that comes in love?

Heart

Your actions are a reflections of your heart! Is your heart dark or walking in the light?

Personal Praxis

Put yourself in a position this week where loving isn't easy.

Community Praxis

How can we practice love for each other.

Note: all scripture references are in HCSB

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