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1 John 2:10 Updates American Standard Version (UASV)
10 The one who loves his brother remains in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
The one who loves his brother remains in the light. Has true Christianity and enjoys it.
And there is no cause for stumbling in him. The word, here used (σκάνδαλον skandalon), means anything against which one strikes or stumbles; and then a stumbling-block, an impediment, or anything which induces a fall. Then it is used in a moral or spiritual sense as denoting that which is the occasion of falling into sin. Matt. 5:29 (It means to cause to fall into sin), and Rom. 14:13 (A “stumbling-block” literally means anything laid in a man’s path, over which he may fall). Here it refers to an individual in respect to his treatment of others and means that there is nothing to lead him into sin so far as he is concerned. If he has love to the brethren, he has true religion; and there is, so far as the influence of this shall extend, nothing that will be the occasion of his falling into sin in his conduct towards them, for ‘love works no ill to his neighbor,’ Rom. 13:10. His course will be just, and upright, and benevolent. He will have no envy towards them in their prosperity, and will not be disposed to detract from their reputation in adversity; he will have no feelings of exultation when they fall and will not be disposed to take advantage of their misfortunes; and, loving them as brethren, he will be in no respect under temptation to do them wrong. In the bosom of one who loves his brother, the baleful passions of envy, malice, hatred, and uncharitableness, can have no place. At the same time, this love of the brethren would have an important effect on his whole Christian life and walk, for there are few things that will have more influence on a man’s character in keeping him from doing wrong than the love of the good and the pure. He, who truly loves good men, will not be likely in any respect to go astray from the paths of virtue.
By Albert Barnes
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