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No Cause for Stumbling

February 17, 2018

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No Cause for Stumbling

Most people  like to consider themselves  pretty good  in comparison  to most other people.    But,  in the same breath,  some Christians are quite hateful  towards other Christians  whom they choose to dislike  for whatever reason.     Such hatred  is definitely wrong  in God’s eyes.

It is one thing  to hate what is evil,  but very different  to hate another child  of God.    That is why the apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:10-11,

The one  who loves his brother abides  in the light  and there is no cause  for stumbling  in him.     But  the one  who 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.

The Greek word for “brother” includes everyone  in a close relationship,  whether in a family relationship  or  a church fellowship relationship.     In other words,  we are not  to hate those  whom God loves  and calls His dear children.

Instead,  in a Godly,  sincere love  we are to try and iron out  our differences  in God’s eyes  —  that means  in prayer  and according to God’s word  —  that means  with a forgiving heart  that realizes  we are all sinners living  in a sinful world.

This in no way  is telling us  to accept anything  that is evil  and contrary  to God’s word.    Accepting and loving  what is evil  is an abomination  in God’s sight.    That would be taking  into consideration  Isaiah 5:20,

Woe to those  who call evil good,  and good evil;   
Who substitute darkness  for light,  and light  for darkness;
Who substitute bitter  for sweet,  and sweet  for bitter!

So,  we need  to walk a fine line here.     We definitely are not  to have a relationship  with what is evil  in God’s eyes.     And,  we are  to definitely not hate  a child of God,  with whom we have differences.

The only way  we’ll be able  to know the difference is  by studying God’s word  on a daily basis.     The Bible tells us  through many examples  what God loves  and what God hates.    What we are  to end up being is  what Paul describes  in Ephesians 5:1-2,

Therefore,  be imitators  of God,  as beloved children;  and walk  in love,  just as Christ also  loved you,  and gave Himself up  for us,  an offering  and a sacrifice  to God  as a fragrant aroma.

God is well aware  that this will challenge us  at times.     But,  when we love  in the same manner  as God loves,  we will not stumble  and sin  against our Savior.     As we especially  love the children of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You so much  for faithfully loving us,  even when we have sinned.    Create in us a clean heart  and right spirit,  that we may daily grow more  like You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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