1 John 4:20 Truth And Lies, Love And Hate

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20

All over the world there is constant talk about love and hate. It is common for people to talk about loving their friends or family, but at the same time hating their enemies. As this occurs, it is common to hear many talk about the need for everyone to love everyone.

Justification is often given as to why someone loves or hates someone else.

John says that any person who claims to love God, but hates his family is a liar. One cannot love God and hate his brother at the same time.

Every believer in the church is very quick to say that he loves God. Loving God is a given thought for any person in the church. There are probably very few people who regularly attend church that would ever claim that they do not love God.

Yet, out of that same group of people, there are many who claim that there is someone whom they hate. It may be family members, co-workers, some politician, a group of people, or someone else, but there is usually someone they hate. They would love to see that person or persons removed from the earth or at least from their life.

When people hate someone this way, they do not really love God. They are lying about loving God. Everything about God is love because, the only thing He hates is sin and the effects of sin in the lives of people.

To love God, one must love everyone else. It is not love one and hate the other, but both together. If one hates one, he hates the other.

If there is someone in your life that you hate, you must seek God to change your heart to one of love. God is all about love. He loved you when you still hated Him. Do not allow yourself to hate those whom God loves.

Realize that God made everyone and wants to save everyone out of His great love for them. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the love of God so that you may be able to love your enemies as God loves them. Do not allow yourself to be a liar, but love both God and people.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will love as God loves you; that you will live in truth of God’s love; and that God will strengthen you to love your enemies.

Hebrews 1:9 What Do You Love And Hate?

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

All over the world people talk about the need to have love in order that there may be peace. The world claims to have love, but the love being shown is love for things or whatever it takes to feel better about one’s own self.

On the other side, the acceptable hatred is when something goes against a person. This is whether it is against self or against anyone else, hatred can be normal.

The author of Hebrews is describing Jesus and quotes Psalms 45:6-7. Jesus is described as loving righteousness and hating wickedness, so God anoints him with the oil of joy.

Very few people actually love righteousness all the time. Most people do not directly like limitations on what they can and cannot do, and righteousness does that. Without limitations people will love and do wickedness with no regrets or remorse.

Inside the church there are many that rebel against living a righteous life, because it looks like legalism, a bunch of do and don’t rules. As a result many in the church love wickedness and participate in it on a regular basis.

Jesus loved doing the right things and hating all wickedness to the point that He lived a perfect holy life with absolutely no sin in His life. God raised Him up and anointed Him with the oil of joy. He had joy because He was living the life the Father wanted Him to live.

Believers who are truly following Jesus will live in the same way. They will live to seek out being righteous in every way possible, and they will hate all wickedness and sin. They will flee from all temptations to sin. Then they will know the true joy of living for God.

Every day you are faced with choices of what to love and hate. The world will try to get you to love what is wicked and sinful.

Allow God to change your heart and mind and seek His righteousness and holiness. It is not about regulations, but a relationship and truly living the best life possible on this earth.

The more you live for God, the more joy you will know, because you will have the peace of God guiding and strengthening you daily.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will desire righteousness as Jesus did; that you will hate sin as much as God does; that you will know the joy of serving God with your whole life; and that the world will know you follow Jesus.

Romans 12:9 Sincere Love

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

Love is a word that people use very loosely. Nearly everything and anything can be loved, yet while being loved is being destroyed.

While people claim to love others, very often they are leading those very same people down a path of destruction. The world does not have a true standard of what real love is about. Love is often what is in it for the person doing the loving at the moment, with no regard for the future.

Paul tells the people that love must be sincere. This can be done by hating evil and holding on to what is good.

Jesus was the perfect example of what love truly is and how it must be sincere. He was willing to give His life for those who hated Him. He stood up against evil and held onto the Father, who is good.

Claims to love God and others abound inside the church. At the same time these claims are made, people hold on to sinful habits or sinful things.

True and sincere love will flee anything this evil or has the appearance of evil.

It is common for people to watch evil movies, or step into some other evil action, immediately after going to a church service and worshipping God. They don’t hate what is evil, but love evil, when it is in the form of entertainment or for their short-term benefit.

Sincere love will not make excuses for allowing for evil, but will hate all forms of evil. The focus of a believer will be to please the Father, which is being holy and living a holy life, holding on to that which is good. This is done out of love, not to earn salvation.

You must be willing to ask yourself if your love is really sincere.

When you have some free time to do whatever you desire, what is it that you are willing to do? Do you allow yourself to step into things that are evil? Or do you choose to hold onto the things of God that are good and holy?

Find out what God calls good and focus on those things. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the evil things of this temporary world, but be caught up in the things of God that will last for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s true love in your heart; that God will strengthen you to hate what is evil; that you will cling and hold on to the good things of God; and that your love will be sincere before God and all men.

Matthew 10:21 You Will Be Hated, But Stand Firm

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:21

Nobody likes to be hated by anyone. Most people will do whatever they can to prevent others from hating them. Being completely different and going against the flow often causes others to hate.

People like things to be easy and to go with the common flow, rather than being different. When someone is different, it often gives the feeling that one is inferior or a failure. It becomes very difficult to go against the common flow.

Jesus warns the disciples that they will be hated because of Him. Yet He tells them to stand firm and be saved in the end.

Following Jesus is not popular with the majority of people throughout the world. In following Jesus, one must be willing to change his ways of thinking and acting. He has to choose to leave all sin behind and walk a different path that has eternity, not the temporary, in mind.

When a person is truly following Jesus with all of his abilities, many in the world, including the church, will hate him. The follower of Jesus is set apart as different because he is not just focused on today, but upon eternity. He is willing to reject sin and take a stand against it.

Following Jesus brings light to the world and exposes sin and darkness that most do not want to acknowledge. People will hate anyone who exposes this darkness in their life. They want to live in the moment and will hate the believer.

Although standing against the flow of this fallen world will bring hatred, it will result in salvation for all eternity, not just a temporary pleasure. It takes a strong stand to stand against the sin of this world.

As a believer, people will hate you. It is not you they are hating so much, as it is they are hating Jesus and what He stands for.

If people are not hating you for following Jesus, you may want to ask yourself if you are truly following Jesus with all of your abilities. Jesus was hated by many while He walked on the earth and you are to be no different.

Even though people may hate you, do not give up. Stand strong in your following Jesus so that in the end you will receive eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will stand as a light of Jesus in this world; that you will not fear the hatred of people; that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; and that you will stand strong and true for God until the end.