Love, Forgiveness, and Living in the Light


1 John 2:9-14
     There is an ancient story (or parable) about two brothers who were left land by their father. Each built a home on opposite sides of the land. The older brother had a large family and the younger had no children. There were two paths going between the homes. When their crop came in they split it equally between. In the evening the older brother thought he should take an extra sack of grain to help his brother who had no children. While the younger felt the older should have more grain, because he had such a large family. They each took a different path, and placed extra grain in their brother’s storage room. They did this for two nights and on the third night they each took the same path and ran into one another. Each was blessed with happiness at knowing the love their brother had for them.

    This illustration of brotherly and sisterly love is very important, because all too often in our world people live looking out only for themselves instead of looking at the need of one another. People often come to Christ seeking forgiveness of their sins hoping to get a fresh start, but they cannot even forgive the wrong a brother or sister has done against them. This could be a family member, or a neighbor with whom God has placed in their lives.

    We should live in God’s love and carry the same forgiveness that He has shown us into all situations that we may face. We must remember that we have been forgiven much, and that we are loved unconditionally by God. Then when we look at others around us we must see them with the same loving and forgiving eyes. This is what it means to walk in the light: to know how to live right and to do it.

May God bless your journey today,

D.G. S.

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