1 John 2:10-11 “He that loves his brother abides in the light and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.
But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, not knowing where he goes because that darkness has blinded his eyes.”

The word of God challenges us, (Hebrew 4:12), and cuts through any hypocrisy or indifference lurking in the inner chambers of our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the One who searches our hearts to root out the weeds and stones of the above, which prevent a full harvest from the seed of the word of God. Love and hate are two, easily recognised emotions, but what about indifference? The 1 John 2 scripture, quoted above, declares that he who hates his brother walks in darkness. My deceitful heart will justify itself and declare it’s self righteousness – “Oh no! I don’t hate anybody,” but am I indifferent to anyone? The Holy Spirit of God searches my heart and reveals if I am indifferent to anyone. If I am lacking under the spotlight of His gaze, I am guilty of a lack of the love of God toward my brother or sister. Indifference is not a fruit of the Spirit!…..and continuing to walk in it, ignoring the promptings of the Spirit, produces darkness in my life with occasion for stumbling.

When I recognise my undoneness, repentance and humbling before our Lord Jesus, is the key that unlocks the life of the Indwelling Christ within me, and His love is shed abroad in my heart and replaces my cold indifference towards people. As I walk in His light the darkness flees and His word declares that as I walk in love “there is no occasion for stumbling,” 1 John 2:10. What a promise! If I am “stumbling” in my relationships I need to allow the Holy Spirit to do an inventory of the contents of my heart.

The word of God provides a wonderful check list for examining the motives of our hearts in James 3.

James 3:14-18 “If you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not glory and do not lie against the truth.

15: This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual and devilish.

16: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17: BUT THE WISDOM THAT IS FROM ABOVE is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

Verse 17 brings emphasis to being “without partiality.” The love of God is without partiality and hypocrisy. As I humbly abide in Him, I too, will be without partiality as I allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide my life.

The love of God in me will love others. God requires of me to love people, but not “to live” to them. If I am more concerned with what people think of me than God, I will “live” to them and make decisions on a wrong foundation to please them first, before God. I have to re-order my life to please God first. If my life is in order and I am operating in His love, my life will bear fruit for kingdom purposes, for God’s glory, not mine.

I can only deal with MY walk with the Lord. I cannot put others right. Along the course of our journey in life, there may be certain people we have found difficult to love. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work with us, we find God’s love in our hearts dispels the dislike or indifference towards them. With some, lasting relationships are formed, with others, we may find they do not respond to the love of God in us for them. We cannot change other people’s choices but we find that God has changed our heart and has planted a desire for reconciliation there. We continue to love and keep our hearts pure until the “appointed time” of reconciliation we are believing for. We continue our journey towards our divine destiny with our faithful Guide. He is dedicated to constantly guiding and keeping me in God’s ways of love and heart purity, as I respond in humility to His promptings. I am accountable to the Lord to walk in the light He has shown me, and as I follow Him, my journey is one of joy and peace, for which there is no earthly substitute. These heavenly fruits hang in abundance from the Tree of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ, and are our inheritance as we abide in Him.