Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and the walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes – 1 John 2:9-11
Light and darkness are not opposites, one is the absence of the other. Darkness is the absence of light, much as the same as hate is the absence of love. Death is the absence of life. John uses the analogy of light for those who are communing with God and darkness those who are not communing with God. He lays out an interesting divide between what a person says and what they do. If we claim to be in the light communing with the God but then hate our brother, we are still in darkness. For us to abide, or commune, in the light we must love our brother and in doing so there is no cause for us to fall.
We have a piano bench in our dining room that is usually tucked away under the piano. This piano bench hurts. I have walked into it many times, not because I am not looking for it, but because it is hidden in the darkness of night. You see, this piano bench is one of the rooms I attempt to navigate when I want to sneak some ice cream or get a glass of water at night that is between our bedroom and the kitchen. If the light was on, I would easily be able to see it and properly walk around it, but when I am shuffling my feet in the darkness of night it is not so easy. You see, walking in darkness is not what we are created for neither spiritually or physically. Over time, our eye will adjust to the darkness, but we still see so much more in the light. The same goes for our lives. When we are abiding in God and walking in the light of honesty, love, grace and mercy, we see the world so much differently. When we look at the world through the light of Christ we can see the beauty of the world. When we see only darkness, the world looks grim. When we love, we walk in light. And when we love proactively and express concern for all people, we will not be stumbling around looking for meaning or direction in life. Walking with God in the light of love gives us meaning and purpose. Our purpose as the children of God is to love our brothers and thus abide in the light to express the divine to all. So may we all walk in the light of God loving all of humanity and in doing so may we find purpose, meaning and direction in life. Remember that God makes all things new.