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1ST JOHN 2:9-11

9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

2: 9-11 Does this mean that if you dislike someone you aren’t a Christian? John is not talking about disliking a Christian brother or sister. We will always have people we enjoy more than others. John is focusing on the attitude of ignoring or despising others, treating them as irritants, outsiders, competitors, or enemies. Christian love is not a feeling but a choice leading to action. We can choose to be concerned with people’s well-being and treat them with respect, whether or not we feel affection toward them. As we express our love, our attitudes will begin to change. Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible,

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and choose to love others as Christ loves us.

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