18 May 2015
Love Your Enemies – On Hatred
Greetings Dear Reader,
The thing about hatred is that it devours. It takes effort, time, and energy to maintain hatred. So as to be balanced there are things that God hates. All of them are things that are evil.
When we hate people it is another matter altogether. Jesus best friend wrote that when we hate someone it is the same as if we have murdered that person. I wonder if we consider how strong that is.
We are required to love everyone. This leaves no room for hatred yet we make room for it. We nurture it for the wrong reasons. We become angry without cause or take up the offenses of others. We nurture small hurts into festering wounds.
It is our war on each other at the individual level that leads to riots, murders, and war. Coddling my anger for selfish reasons can lead to the destruction of the object of my hatred and me. It can also create collateral damage that is devastating.
Hatred is war on the individual. It is selfish and serves only my vial interests. Everything about hating another person is selfish. There is no room for it in following Christ. When we exchange love for hatred we turn a closed fist into an open hand.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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