Tag: Hate

Hate is a Kingdom of God trait

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Everyone knows God is love. Yet I believe we should understand He is capable of hating. 

A pure, undiluted hate.

And as He is, that’s how we’re supposed to be if we, in fact, are followers and imitators of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

But should we hate when we’re part of the Kingdom of God, what would that hate look like, and how does a person handle such hatred?

The same way we handle every divine attribute of God.

With His grace.

Peter wrote that we’ve been given all things which pertain to life and godliness.

Then he adds:
“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” (2 Peter 1:4 NASB)

There’s more to the Divine (God’s) nature than love, joy, peace, etc.

There’s such a thing called hate!

Notice:
“Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 97:10 NASB)

We’re told to hate evil. In fact, unless we understand just how devastating evil is (to the point we hate it like God does) we can never comprehend the “breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18 – 3:19 NASB)

Too often we’re only inconvenienced by evil, if that. And if evil doesn’t directly affect us, we do nothing about it.

But a true, godly hatred for evil will motivate us as much as God’s love does.

Motivate us to purity and holiness. 

“I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.” (Psalm 101:3 – 101:4 NASB)

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16 – 6:19 ESV)

“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13 ESV)

The fear of the Lord is also the beginning of wisdom. Therefore, it is wise to hate what God hates and love what He loves.

With His help.

“Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate…” (Amos 5:15 ESV)

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.” (Amos 5:21 ESV)

The Lord’s words to the folks who play at worship and make a mockery out of naming the Name of Jehovah God.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 ESV)

See? To be a true follower of Jesus there’s more than one test we must pass. Besides the “love the Lord with all our… and our neighbor as ourself” test, we must understand how to hate. 

Hate anything and everything that not only tries to stop us from being single minded toward God and His Kingdom, but all that He hates!

See Hebrews 1:8,9

It’s easy to recognize our need for God’s help when it comes to loving those who irritate us.

But may God help us learn how to hate as He hates. Hate sin, injustice, rebellion, wickedness, etc.

Hate it enough to begin to comprehend the depths of His love.

If He’d go to such extremes because of His love or hate, imagine what could happen if we would allow His hate to flow through us.

“Lord, fill me with hatred for evil. May my life be wholly yours, and may I be jealous for Your righteousness to be manifest throughout all the earth.”

If I Was God For A Day

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What if one morning, while sitting at your breakfast table munching on a bowl of Cheerios, your doorbell rings. You rise, walk to the front door, and peak through the peephole to see who it is.

“It’s God!”, you gasp, as you pick yourself up from the floor.

Nervously, you open the door and ask him in. “Please, have a seat”, you offer, barely above a whisper.

As he sits, you find the closest chair and fall into it. You think to yourself, “What in the world could he want with me?”

As if he heard you he says, “I’ve decided to stay at your house today; gonna have myself a little vacation. While I’m here, I want you to do my job. You are now ‘God for the Day.’ “

Whoa!

I ask you, what would YOU do if you were God for the day? And what would I do?

Well, let’s see…

Alright. Here goes.

I’d make the Russian troops go back to where they belong. I’d force the terrorists to turn in their bombs, and stop trying to settle grievances by killing innocent children. I’d make Hollywood quit acting like the world’s savior, and I would help the Boy Scouts be prepared.

I’d find a home for every homeless person, and give a “welcome home, thanks for serving”, to every Vietnam Vet. I would remove the Ten Commandments from each and every public place and weave them into the fabric of each person’s heart.

I would encourage the single mother, and care for her children. I’d be a father to the fatherless, and a very present help in a time of trouble. I would lift up the fallen, rebuke the proud, punish the thief, and release those trapped in any and every kind of slavery. I would drop the hammer on deadbeat dads, and reconcile each heart with their children’s hearts.

I would end divorce, pornography, child abuse, domestic violence, and TV shows that portray fathers as boobs and idiots.

I’d bring back the true meaning of the rainbow, and once again reclaim the word “gay”.

I’d speak of Heaven as if it’s something to look forward to, and describe Hell’s flames as something to shun.

I would open up the floodgates of Heaven, inundating the faithful with showers of blessing.

The hungry I would fill. The proud? I don’t know them. I can’t reach them.

I would love the unlovely, the lovely, the perverted and the bible banger. I’d love them enough to tell them the truth. My goodness would draw them to repentance.

If I was God for the day.

I’d let the politicians know how to fix their problems. I’d show them how to have affordable healthcare, based on my 40 year study back when Moses was the leader. I would show Washington how to really be a liberal, without bankrupting the nation.

I’d stop all killing.

I would listen to everyone’s problems and concerns. I would be slow to anger.

I would make our schools safe, by personally walking each and every hallway; if I could get in the building, that is.

I would end the hostility one nation has against another.

I’d make nations beat their swords into plows, and spears into pruning hooks. I’d introduce the lion to the lamb, and they’d dwell together peacefully.

Rebellion, witchcraft, illegal drug usage, and gluttony I’d remove from the heart of man. Worry I would replace with faith, terror and fear would be forced to turn over their house keys to my peace.

My church would quit fighting amongst themselves.

If I was God for the day.

Yes, things would definitely be different.

Until someone made me mad.

If someone wouldn’t follow my instructions, or look to me for wisdom. If people mocked me, ignored me, cussed me, blamed me for something I didn’t do, or gave someone else the credit I deserved. If the hungry rejected the bread I brought them, or complained of thirst while my living water was within arms reach.

Then, I’m afraid I’d lose it.

If the academia stood in their classrooms and read my obituary, I’d probably not be silent. To hear someone pronounce you dead; well, I just can’t tell you how it would make me feel. It would be almost as bad as people thinking you’ve never even existed!

It would probably send me over the edge. You know?

I’m liable to say something back at the person who just asked me to damn something. Something like, “Be damned, your own self.”

I’d be tempted to burn up someone with a lightning bolt…I just don’t handle rejection all that well.

And if I saw someone mistreat one of my little ones, or act as though life wasn’t important, I’d probably regret my actions, the next day.

When I was no longer God for the day.

No, there’s too much of the old me lurking about to allow me to be God, even for only a day. In fact, none of us would be very good at it. We are all much too caught up with our needs and desires to be trusted with all of God’s power.

Besides, God, even with all he knows and is capable of doing, can’t seem to do all of those things I said I’d do; if I was God for the day.

Nope, better count me out, as well as every other human being living on planet earth.

We have a hard enough time letting God be God.

So, what would YOU do if God made YOU God for the day? Would you change anything? Would you help others, or fix the Lottery so you’d win the $257 million prize?

Thanks for commenting…

I Hate Cancer

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I hate cancer!

Cancer: a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis (which is the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body; also : the process by which such spreading occurs).

An evil, malevolent tumor of unlimited potential growth that expands by invasion…

An evil tumor. An abnormal new growth of tissue that possesses no physiological function. Something that draws life and energy from that which it’s attached itself to. It serves no benevolent purpose. It steals nutrition, kills good cells, and destroys any resemblance of life.

Cancer isn’t just a disease in a body, but a hellish disease that affects people’s thoughts and attitudes, causing the destruction of relationships.

What Does God Hate?

20131203-221607.jpgGod is love, but He still hates!

What does God hate? Does He hate tattoos, or Christmas trees, or little fat Santas?

Is He a hater of republicans, democrats, or both? Does He hate the United States of America, as some “prophets” have proclaimed?

Just who, or what, does God hate?

Maybe God hates Starbucks employees, because, oh, I forgot why.

I’ve heard He hates Proctor and Gamble products, but, again, I don’t remember why.

What Do We Really Expect?

20130502-141303.jpgWhy do we, as Jesus followers, act so surprised, and even mad, when the world doesn’t treat us like their own?

What do we really expect? What do we really want?

Have we forgotten something Jesus said?

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.” (John 15:18-23 NLT)

No one likes to be hated. No one enjoys being rejected or persecuted.

But what can we really expect?

We can’t win their love or appreciation by acting like them; not and stay connected to the Spirit who sets us apart!

We cannot divide our allegiance between the two kingdoms. We belong to one or the other.

Friendship with the world is equal to war with God.

God so loved this world He gave His best for it. But He didn’t compromise with it. His love could change the world, but not if His love was compromised.

God’s love is for others first and foremost. The world’s love is for themselves, first and always!

God hates things because of their destructive, hellish affect on others. The world hates things that inconvenience, embarrass, or somehow affect their own lives.

So why are we surprised to find the world doesn’t really appreciate our input, much less our presence?

Tell you what I’m going to do…I’m going to love the world as God does. I’m going pray for them like Jesus does. I’m going to speak truth like The Spirit of truth does.

And I won’t be surprised when they don’t throw a party in my honor.

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