1 John 2:3-6
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
During my Bible studies, one lady asked us what our thoughts were about verse 6: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Her thought was that it meant to love everyone. But, than she asked, “What does love mean?” Did we think it is an action word? And, she wanted to know how we interpreted nothing in them to make them stumble from verse 10.
This is my answer to her:
I think it means to not only love everyone, but to (try) to live without sin. We must model our lives after Jesus’s life: being humble, serving others, caring for others, and showing generosity.
Love is not a feeling, attraction is a feeling, love is an action. We choose to love someone. When we do, we don’t judge them; we take them as they are without trying to change them. (harder to do, than say ) We care for their needs: physical, emotional, and spiritual. We do what we can to make their lives the best lives possible.
This is a difficult command, I think, because we are such weak humans.
“nothing in them to make them stumble”
My Bible reference’s 1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
So I believe it is again talking about “love.” Hate will make you “stumble” and fall into “darkness” which is the opposite of “living in the light” (living like Jesus)
What do you think? I look forward to any and all interpretations. Hearing various ideas make studying the Bible a deeper, more meaningful activity.