Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 NIV

Hate will destroy your soul. We, as humans, have the tendency to hold on to hate. This world is filled with hate. This last election brought out so much more hate. 

Hatred is a big divider that cuts into the heart of all of us. It puts tears in Jesus’ eyes. He is up in Heaven crying, wondering why we can’t all just get along. Love is the answer. It conquers all.

God’s love for us was so strong that He sent His own Son to die for our sins. Jesus’ love for the Father and for us was so strong that He died for our sins. We should love one another as They have loved us.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Romans 12:17 NIV

When someone is hateful toward us, we should never respond with hatred. Two wrongs do not make a right. Maybe it is considered right to hate in today’s world, but it is not right for us as Christians. We have been given love from God and from Jesus. Spread that love. Be an example!

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  1. You quote the very Word of God above. Hate stirs up conflict!

    You rightly note that the latest election reveals a lot of hate in our society.

    These things are true, and I do not dispute them in the slightest. You bless me, and all who read here by pointing these things out.

    But… (and I say this not to contradict, but to counterbalance)… Love also stirs up controversy. And, as far as elections go, the previous election also stirred up hate in our society.

    When Jesus (Love incarnate) walks into the temple (God’s House) and finds it out of order, he throws tables and drives everyone out! This is not hate causing conflict; it is LOVE in action correcting a settled order of hate and evil. Somehow, this conflict is stirred up in the service of the LOVE that covers all offenses.

    I point this out because I would not want the message you post here to shape a lot of passivity, avoidance, or withdrawal from God’s Kingdom business. I think it is easy to stifle the offense of the Gospel. But it is an offense. When Jesus establishes his church on “this rock” the Gates of Hell (a defensive arrangement) will not withstand the assault.

    I fully realize that my offering here, if not counterbalanced in some way (say the way you offered) would appear to give license to hate smuggled in Jesus name. Westboro Baptist openly preaches HATE in the name of Jesus, and I would NEVER condone that for a moment. But as you say… two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Following the way of Jesus, as I see it, we bring offense to the corrupt system, alright, but then lay our lives on the line to accept the punishment the system will then dole out for doing so. This, it turns out, is LOVE.

    And btw, Jesus may be up in heaven… after all we tend to believe he is omnipresent, but he is also sleeping in America’s alleys and back lots, under bridges and down by the rivers. The Matthew-25:40 Jesus is ever bit below us as above us. And he is still taking the punishment we dole out for us. He is loving us while we hate him and each other over petty things like elections.

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