I hate that.” How many times have you heard someone say this?  How many times have you said this?  We’ve got it at our fingertips. When you turn on the news, hatred runs rampant.  It sells.  It makes people relevant.  It finds root in the things separating us: our cultures, race, sexuality, body type… On and on, it never ends.  We murder each other. We brutalize each other.  We discard and diminish each other.  For what?  How does our hatred serve anything more than Mammon?
But, what about this verse from 1 John 4:20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Christians, you cannot be of the world and be for Him.  Let the world hate.  Now, let’s take the word brother and extrapolate it a bit.   You can quite literally take it as your male sibling. Or, remember the phrase “brothers and sisters in Christ?” If you have hate for others, how can you claim to know God?  God is love.  God is the only one equipped to judge us.
Romans 3:23 says "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
All of us.

We all have our burdens to bear.  We all have things we wish we’d done differently. Many of us have at least someone in our life who, at the end of the day, we feel has done nothing but drag us through the muck.  The mere sound of their voice sets off hard feelings and soon, you’re lost in your own dark thoughts.  I understand.  We’re human beings and though God made us in His image, we’re fragile creatures.
At the end of the day, holding on to this hatred is poisoning our walk with Christ.  Every action is tinged with the malice you’re holding.  No matter how noble you think your decisions are, that little bit of hatred you think is under control creeps out, spreads through you. So let go. Talk to God.  Yell at Him if you need to.  But, listen to what He has to say.  Because at the end of the day, we’re the ones answering for our sins.  And the world already hates us, so let’s give it to God and weaken its hold.
So, I’m going to ask this of you. Share the things you’re holding on to.  Pray.  Send me a message.  Talk to someone you trust. Don’t cling to your hate.

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Published by Stephen Smith