At a formal concert, the dinner was over, and the musicale was about to begin.
The hostess began playing on the piano. As she continued a second selection, one of the guests leaned over to a charming young woman seated next to him. Not aware of the resentment and hatred between the two, he asked her, “What do you think of her execution?” The young woman turned, and replied coolly, “I am in favor of it!”
John claimed, “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light” (1 John 2:9, 10).
Kenneth S. Wuest explained, “Men fall into two classes, those who are in fellowship with God, and therefore walk in the light and love, and those who are not in fellowship with God, and therefore walk in darkness and hatred. ‘A direct opposition,’ says Bengel; ‘where love is not, there is hatred. That heart is not empty.’”
Additionally, John warned, “Every one who is habitually hating his brother is a manslayer, and you know that no manslayer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15).
Note further, “The one who habitually hates his fellow-man to the exclusion, of course, of any good attitude towards him, is a potential murderer. Should the occasion arise, his hate would issue in action like that of Cain. A person like that, John says, does not have eternal life abiding in him. In short, he is unsaved.”
The historian, Shelby Foote, was asked why the Civil War happened. He said, “Americans like to think of ourselves as uncompromising people. But our real genius is for compromise, and when it broke down, we murdered each other in great numbers.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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