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Several years ago, my family toured a famous cave in southern Missouri. The outlaw Jesse James allegedly used the cave to escape pursuit and divide the loot with his gang, though that was in a hidden part of the cave. We entered through a large opening, with a gift shop inside. We crossed a dance floor in one large room installed in the 1890’s. In the days before air conditioning, summer dance parties were held in the cave’s cool, 60 degree room.
But nobody was dancing when we toured. We strolled through the cave with a guide, marveling at all the spectacular formations, some reaching nearly 70 feet in height. At one point, deep in the cave, the guide shut off the lights. Utter darkness surrounded us. I couldn’t see my finger touching my nose.
This experience helps me understand 1 John 2:9-11, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.” (NIV)
Don’t live in darkness, hating people and ignoring the truth. Live in the light. Love others and nothing will make you stumble in following Jesus.
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