Okay, Dear Readers.
I want to talk about something that really hit me this morning. You know that moment you read something and you have to pause like ‘eiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, whaaaaat? you mean? ehhhhh!’. Yep.
‘Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.’ 1 john 3:15
Let that soak in – the Bible says whoever doesn’t love his brother/sister (in Christ) in conclusion is a murderer. You don’t have to have killed the person- but the fact that you dislike the person has transformed you into a killer. You’ve been upgraded to the likes of idolaters and sorcerers.
‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’ John 8:44
Worst of all you are not only a murderer who won’t inherit the kingdom of God, the Bible says that whoever hates his brother is a child of the devil who does the works of his father!
Take a minute to let that soak in – on the day of judgment, you come before God and he turns you away, not because you didn’t love him, not because you didn’t fulfill the great commission, not because you didn’t know Christ BUT because you had an issue with someone at church. I MEAN!.
Humans naturally aren’t the most loving people, in fact our hearts are filled with so much hate exempt the grace of God. It’s very easy not to like someone. I personally find it easy not to hate someone but to completely avoid them so it doesn’t lead to any kind of hate. But an attitude like this puts me inside the murderer’s boat. I’m rowing the boat In fact.
‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ 1 john 4: 7- 8
This leaves a painful question, so if we are filled with hate, if God is love, how will he abide with us?!
If none of the other reasons not to hate hasn’t hit you, let this one really sink in – ‘anyone who does not love does not know God’.
The hard truth is if you truly love God you will love others. EVERYDAY this is a prayer topic ‘God help me love others so I can love you more’. For us to truly be children of God and be an image of God we need Love. THERE IS NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.
And then let’s put it to practice! When someone offends you turn a blind eye and don’t let the sun set on any anger. If it really hurts confront it so it doesn’t sow a seed in your heart. But confront it in a loving manner not with persecutory intentions.
Love. Love. Love! There’s so much about love I could go on for an essay 🙂
let there be love. Always
But I hope this encourages someone and changes someone. I’m in this boat too and my prayer is that God will give us grace to love and to be more like him each and every day.
From yours sincerely, Teni x