"The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?"

- Psalms 27 : 1

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Soul Food : Hate

"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them."

- 1 John 2 : 9 - 11

This is our portion for this week.

Hate is something that is so prevalent in our time, so much so that is is scary!

Brothers hate brothers, sisters hate sisters, children hate mothers and fathers...So what exactly does the Bible say about hate? Well, as the verses above state, anyone who hates a brother or a sister, lives in darkness and we all know God is light...this means whoever hates does not know Christ and does not walk in fellowship with Him. The saddest part is that some of us, who call ourselves Christians are walking in hate, that is, in darkness. The deep truth of the matter is, these people actually think they are in Christ but in truth, they are not because darkness and light cannot mix. 

Brother John further goes on to say that those who walk in hate will stumble and are walking without a destination. This applies both to the Spiritual and physical. They will stumble in their Spiritual life, this means, one little feeling of hatred will lead to another and another and the stumbling will continue and further go on stumble in other things of the Spirit. They will also stumble in their different life businesses and so on.

People that hate their brothers and sisters are blind, according to the Bible. It is not Biblical to hate. I'm talking about only blind rage, hating or whatever but even holding a grudge, envying a brother or a sister, taking revenge and so on. These are the things we are so fond of doing but this should not be so.

So now what are we expected to do as children of God. Brother John says :

 "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John : 5 - 7 )

It is only by walking in light, with Jesus Christ that we can be cleansed from our sins. Therefore, if we hate we obviously cannot forgive and thus we are not forgivve and Matthew 6 : 14 -15 says "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." 

Therefore let us walk in love. Please check out this post on love for more about that. If you walk in love, you walk with Christ and you walk in light and peace. It is only by His grace that we can do this, the flesh cannot do it! It is of the world to hate, even easy ("The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Matthew 26 : 41) But by His grace, we can walk in love! 

May God help us walk in love always!!

Amen!


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