My grandkids used to catch me off guard when with a look of disgust, surprise and indignation they would run off to their mother yelling, “Grandpa used the ‘S’ word Mommy!” My daughter would smile knowing I was thinking of a different ‘S’ word as I would protest their claims proclaiming my innocence.
I then would realize my grandkids were speaking of the word, “stupid”. That was the ‘S’ word. It was a word that they apparently had used on occasion when speaking of each other, until it became the forbidden ‘S’ word and as a result they were not utter this word ever in their household.
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.
1 John 2:9-10
Did you notice any controversial “S” words in this passage? How about the word “hate”? This word is controversial because as Christians we are taught that we are to love, not hate. And so “hate” becomes one of those forbidden words as well.
If we claim to be walking in the Christian light, but hate a person or a group of people, we are still in the darkness. We don’t know where we are going because the darkness has blinded our eyes.
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming”
1 John 2:28
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you,
as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’”
Let us shine with the light and love of Christ as we live in this dark and sin stained world so that people can be drawn to the Savior.