Updated: Sep 15, 2020
Animosity, hatred and hostility — choose your synonyms for the word but they all mean pretty much the same thing.
In this world, hate seems to have a firm grip on our people and seems to stir up some pretty awful events and outcomes.
From hate speech to actions, discrimination to racism. All it’s hate of someone or something.
Hate can come from anywhere but, it should never come from God's children.
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you may most certainly rebuke your neighbour, but shall not incur sin because of him. You shall not take revenge nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbour (acquaintance, associate, companion) as yourself; I am the LORD.”
— Leviticus 19:17-18 AMP
I used to hold grudges a whole lot, even plot an evil way of making someone who disturbed me pay for what they had done. (Learn to love) (Learn to forgive)
It’s safe to say that it was quite tiring and not really that satisfying, now that I look at those petty moments.
If someone sins against me, I (we) should never do the same to them but rebuke them on their sins.
I am called to hate their sin, not them.
To be honest, I don’t hate anyone if not Satan.
There is this quote I heard from two people from my church. It goes along these lines:
You love God as much as the person you least like
If we are called to love ALL, regardless of who they are or what they have done, and don’t do it, we are pretty much showing just how much we love God.
"Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like Him. Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave His life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God."
How can children of love (God) hate?
We should love all for He loves us.
How to watch out for it?
Here are a few tips, some that I have been embracing, to keep me away from all types of enmities:
Learn to love - Learn more about love here: 1 Corinthians 13.
Learn to forgive
Talk things out to clear any misunderstanding, past grudges, bad blood and so forth.
PRAY! It's easier to hate than to forgive, especially the worst of atrocities and especially in such a falling world but, I urge you to pray to God that He may fill you up with love, kindness and forgiveness. Pray that you may be more forgiving and loving every day, that through your mercy and love others may know that you are God's children and that he invites all to be His children.
Additional content to help you out
Ephesians 5 (Biblical Guidance) - since this blog is dedicated to helping young women/girl and I'm just assuming you ladies aren't yet married, so Ephesians 5:1-20 would be it all (Living in the Light) but the whole chapter is great. It's amazing actually.
1 Corinthians 13 (Biblical Guidance) - The whole of this chapter speaks of love. What love is, what love is not. It's one of the chapters in the whole book that speaks of love. The whole Bible is like a love letter to us but, please do read this chapter.
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