Recognizing Love And Hate
Recognizing love and hate in ourselves and in others is important. We must repent of the hate and nurture the love.
Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Genesis 37:4: And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
Galatians 4:16: Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
There is a notable connection between truth and love. There is also a notable connection between hate and unpeaceable, contentious speech. Great differences are revealed between believers and unbelievers by what they speak and how they react to what is spoken. There is a great difference between the speech of love and the speech of hate. Do we speak truth in love to those we speak to? Or do we speak hatefully and contentiously to them? There is also a notable connection between hate and pride.
Proverbs 13:10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
1 Samuel 15:23: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Hate, unpeaceable speech, rebellion, stubbornness, rejecting the word of the Lord and becoming the enemy of truth-tellers go together and are traits of the lost. They are sinful and they are NOT the fruit of the Spirit. Are any of these things your habits? When others exhibit those traits do we get angry with them? When we hear individuals angrily arguing they are putting their hate and their on display. We NEED to prove our love by praying for them and if the opportunity arises, trying to make peace between them.
Proverbs 26:17: He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Lying is also evidence of hate.
Proverbs 26:28: A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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