LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. 1 John 4:20 MSG
The world as it exists today is filled with evil doers and hate mongers. Everywhere we turn, weather in our families, our neighborhoods or the world body, there are people hating on each other. With this extreme hate comes violence and chaos, innocent people and especially our children are being gunned down in the streets of America and the world like wild animals. This is unacceptable today; we are called by God to love one another, and how can we claim we are Christians and love God when we want even speak to our neighbor, but carry hate in our hearts for them?
John tells us that a real measure of a Christians boasting of how much they love God can be tested by the person’s love of the community of God, if that person hates another Christian, then that person love for God should be questioned. In fact, John says, “such a person is a liar”. John explains, very logically, that if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we have not seen? If a believer does not love his or her /Christian brothers and sisters, who are God’s visible representatives, how can that person possibly love the invisible God? It is easy to claim to love God, when that love doesn’t cost anything more than weekly attendance at your Church religious services. But the real test of a person’s love for God is their attitude or behavior towards their family and /or, fellow believers. We as individuals cannot truly say that we love God, while neglecting to love our Christian brothers and sisters.
We are commanded, “To love one another” and we should exhibit “real, unconditional love” day in and day out, not just when it’s convent or suit our own needs. Listen to how Jesus teaches us about loving each other; when a lawyer from the Pharisees asked Him this question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind. This is the great and first commandment, And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)
Where there is love, hate cannot exist; either you have real love in your heart, or you are a liar about your Christianity and Spirituality. Your real life is on display in your daily actions, words and deeds; just telling someone you are a Christian does not make you a Christian.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, butrejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV)
But real love will always be and never fade away. God is love, and he loves us unconditionally, and He wants us to do the same with each other. Let us learn to overcome hate with love. Put away hate for our brothers and sisters and put on the garment of love. It is time to rejoice in the glory of God. Make each day a day of joy, peace and happiness. Awaken to the newness of the glory that God has given to us. Rise up and take a stand against hate and violence and let our love over rule and take control of what otherwise would become chaos.
Finally my brothers and sisters, John speaks to us with these words of truth as he says, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 ESV) Let us be of one mind, as we are of one body in Christ, and when our hearts are filled with love for the one who created us, there will be no doubt that LOVE AND HATE CANNOT COEXIST!
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- Psalm 73:23-26 ESV /Today’s Inspiration/9-24-13 (jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com)
- Meditation/9-25-13 (jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com)
- Love of others (robertmcom.wordpress.com)
- If you love me you will keep My commandments – Jesus (romans916blog.wordpress.com)