“He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.” (1 John 2:10)
“He that loveth his brother”, what does that mean? How can I “love” someone I don’t know or really don’t care about? The answer lays in the statement itself. God has commanded us to take an interest in our neighbor and our fellow brother. We are to take a positive interest and have a legitimate concern for their wellbeing. It is a way for everyone to have each other’s backs. Not just during times of turmoil but on a day by day basis. You look after your neighbor and your neighbor looks after you.
John Wesley best described how to love our neighbor when he said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
People who do this, that love their brother are demonstrating their love for God. These are the people who “abideth in the light”. So what is God’s light? In short, it is truth and righteousness, the purity of which no man can handle on his own.
If man stays within the righteousness or right-ness of God he will do no sin for there is no sin in righteousness. This is why it is so important to always have Christ forefront in our minds. What we think of and look upon is the direction we head towards.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7).
If we do these things, love our brother and walk in the light then there will be no reason, no occasion for us to sin. This is how we live the life of a Christian perfectly. Even if we do stumble, we are in the light and the Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Love and abide and there will be no occasion to stumble.