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Don’t be a Hater!


Hate is thrown around today like a hot potato.  We have a fan club of haters.  Haters hate.

Someone talks about you behind their back.  You hate them.  Someone wrongs you.  You hate them.  Your teacher is grumpy.  You hate him.  Your mom grounds you.  You hate her.  Your girlfriend breaks up with you.  You hate her.  Your husband won’t do anything around the house.  You hate him.  The President does things that don’t make sense.  You hate him.  The bank won’t give you a loan.  You hate big business.  People of a different race move in next door.  You hate them.  Some people are too goody-two shoes.  You hate them.  Hypocrites.  You hate them.

We often joke about our haters.  They make us famous.  Let’s give em something to hate.

The Bible says HATE is a very serious thing.  It’s not a joking matter.  In fact, the Bible says that anyone who says they love God but hates someone is a liar.  It goes as far to say if you hate someone, you cannot love God.  We are commanded to LOVE our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Not encouraged to do so.  Not asked to do so.  It’s not optional.  We are commanded to LOVE one another.

I know exactly what you are thinking.  People can hurt you.  Some can take your heart and stomp on it, spit on it, and walk away.  Often times, people give you little to love.  You are likely at some time in your life, to run across someone who seems to be on a mission to destroy you.  How do you NOT hate someone who has so horribly wronged you or someone you love?

I have been there.  And all I know is that you have to hand your feelings, your hatred to God.  Go to Him, spill your heart.  Seek His help.  Forgiveness is important for YOU.  Not for that person.  One of the greatest acts of love is forgiveness.  That does not mean this person has to be a part of your life.  It doesn’t mean you have to be friends or ever will be.  But don’t allow hatred for this person to build up and eat at you.  Generally speaking, all that hatred only destroys YOU.  You need justice?  I understand.  I need some myself.  But it’s not my place.  It’s God’s.  And He knows not only that I need justice for those who have wronged me, but also the justice that should be handed to me for my sins.

We are called to love.  Everyone.  Even those who annoy us.  Even those who wrong us.  Even those who destroy our hearts.

Today, think about hate.  What in your life do you need to stop hating and hand over to God?  Who do you need to love enough to forgive?

My job.  My calling is to follow Him.  I simply cannot do that while hating others.  I cannot love God while hating others.  It’s a choice I must make in order to be obedient to Him.  And I choose God.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.  And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.  –1 John 4:19-21

 

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Angry Hearts


And don’t sin by letting anger control you. 

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Ephesians 4:26-27

Have you ever been so angry it was difficult to think straight?  Sadly, I experienced this type of anger a few weeks ago.  I became so angry, it was difficult to focus on anything else for the remainder of the day.  As much as I’m ashamed to admit it, most of my day centered around angry thoughts and words.  I allowed the cruel actions of someone else to dictate my day by filling my heart full of anger.  Anger is poison to the soul.

Anger is such a powerful emotion.  It can cause you to do things you would normally never do.  It can cause you to spew verbal vomit that is offensive, hateful, and downright mean.  If you aren’t careful, anger can grab a hold on your heart and squeeze the life out of it.  It can completely consume your life.  And it is almost always counter-productive.  Nothing comes out of it.   It just puts us in a useless state of turmoil. 


The Bible tells us not to let our anger control us.  Anger is often inevitable.  You will experience it.  How you handle it is up to you.  When you give anger free reign over your heart, you are handing it control over your thoughts and actions.  It plants seeds of bitterness, rage, hatred, and unforgiveness. 

It snuffs out every glimmer of hope. 

It kills love. 

It leaves no room for grace.  

When you allow anger to take root in your heart, you hand the devil the keys to your heart.  It’s like letting him get his foot in the door to poison you with evil thoughts and negative emotions.  And if he can grab our thoughts, it won’t be long before he is dictating, and even consuming our steps. 

This scripture verse tells us not to let the sun go down on our anger.  It’s such a powerful, strong emotion, the longer we allow ourselves to entertain it, the easier it is for it to take over our life.  And truthfully, when we give in to our anger, we are giving those who have wronged us power over our lives.  Not only have they hurt us by their actions, but now they have power over your thoughts and actions as well.

As I was thinking about how easy it is for anger to take control, I was trying to think of some words of wisdom.  How do you turn away when your heart has been hurt?  How do you let it go when you have been horribly wronged and mistreated?

And then I thought of the cross.  Christ was beaten with whips that left bleeding lacerations all over his body.  He was tortured.  He was hung on a cross publicly for the world to see.  And he was innocent.  Yet, He chose love.

How angry I would be if had to endure all He endured.  In the midst of it all, he pleaded with God to forgive those who were responsible.  He chose love.

If I am to strive to have a heart like His, I must choose love.   I want my heart to be filled with the love of God.  And quite honestly, there isn’t room for both.  When anger comes your way…..and it will,  focus on the love of Christ.  Yes, you will still experience anger.  But with the God’s help, it will not take over.  Clear your heart of any anger, bitterness, hatred, and rage you might be hanging on to.  If you have sinned in your anger, seek forgiveness.  Don’t allow those who hurt you to have power over your life.

Give it to God.

He can and will fight your battles.

In Him, you will find comfort and rest for your troubled heart.

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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