The “H” Word

1 John 4:20 ESV  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 2:9 ESV  Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

Both of my sons will throw around the “h” word in a heartbeat. They hate a lot of things. Homework, chores, bedtime, the typical things all kids dislike. However, when they start applying that word to people, I cringe.  Really my young boys  don’t hate anyone. They just need better word choices.

I try and explain to their little impressionable souls how much hate can blacken your heart. Hate is the devil’s favorite emotion, usually fueled by envy and hurt. He has a field day when we hate doesn’t he? I can imagine him doing back flips and somersaults. “Yes! Hate prevails!”

I am rereading the book of John this month in my Bible, thankful to Jesus for His timing. The world seems to be throwing around the word “hate”more than ever and it’s as if it’s alright to behave in a manner where anger and disappointment make it alright.

It’s not.

Jesus spoke about hate often. He also spoke about another word. A word which makes the devil stop dancing and start to sweat instead.

Love.

If you love God fully, you cannot hate.

I know this is a lesson we all teach our children, yet sadly, I don’t see it being carried about by the grown ups of this world.

Be the light in this dark, dark crazy world. Even if you are just a small flicker in a sea of blackness, you will still be seen.

You will still shine.

Satan may not run away completely, but let’s stop him from celebrating, if only for a moment.

Let’s at least make him put on some sunglasses.

 

 

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