"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that
curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which
is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what
reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"
HATE: To feel hostility or animosity toward. b. To detest. 2. To feel dislike or distaste for, often with malice. To feel strong emotional aversion toward.
What could cause us to so hate someone we would have these strong feelings toward them; strong enough to never want to see
them or even think about them again? Strong enough to want to do something to "get even". And even strong enough
to wish them harm? Perhaps you feel animosity toward a parent or older caregiver who abused you as a child. Or maybe you
detest a coworker who is giving you a hard time at work, or you may still be carrying around hate from your childhood when
your friends did something excessively mean to you.
2 Samuel 13:21-29 "But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth. And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for
Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar. And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is
beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I
beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant. And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he
pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him. Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him,
Why should he go with thee? But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. Now Absalom had commanded his servants,
saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be
courageous, and be valiant. And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him
up upon his mule, and fled."
Let me tell you a story about a young man who hated his brother so much he couldn't get beyond the problem to reconcile it.
David's oldest son, Amnon raped his half sister, Tamar. Tamar had a full brother, Absalom, who was so offended by the
rape that he was in a continual rage. He so hated his half brother, Amnon, he wanted him dead. I can't help thinking that
if David had punished his eldest son in some way, Absalom might have been appeased and a tragedy avoided. Verse 21 just says
that when King David heard of these things, he was very wroth, but he evidently did nothing. Absalom waited two full years
to avenge his sister's rape. His rage had been eating at him all that time and finally ended in murder. He had his servants
kill Amnon. Hate will cause you to do things you never thought you could possibly do. Hate, left to grow inside us will
turn to a rage strong enough to reach out and take a life.
Esther 3:1-2, 5:9-13 "After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the
princes that were with him. And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him.
But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for
him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his
wife. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced
him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had
prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."
Haman so hated the Jews his life was miserable. He was second to the king, set above all the princes and all the king's
servants bowed and reverenced him. His life should have been enjoyable. He had a wife and many friends and should have been
happy, yet when the king chose to honor a Jew named Mordecai it caused his hate to grow to such a proportion that he plotted to kill him. This was the same Jew who day after day refused to bow down to him at the gate. Haman had a gallows made to hang Mordecai on, but his hatred turned on him and he was eventually hanged on that same gallows.
Hatred will cause you to become obsessed. It will change your whole personality. Hated is an emotion, a feeling.
It is an emotion that should not be included in the Christian body. As soon as you feel this emotion enter you (and you
can feel it) fight it with all your being. Pray harder than you've ever prayed. Get to the bottom of the source of
the hate. What caused the feeling? Where did it come from? Who or what is it directed toward? Is it even a little justified?
There are many people I dislike being with and several that I downright avoid but I don't hate any of them. I did, once, a
long time ago. It actually took me almost two years to pray through and get peace over one person but when the hate
finally left my heart I felt such peace. You probably wonder, how I feel about that person now. It's funny in a way. I see
them from time to time and I don't really have any feeling at all. There just isn't anything there. No, God didn't miraculously
replace the feeling of hate with an awesome love, but He gave me peace and I'll take that!
Do you have peace in your heart or are you on an emotional roller coaster? Do you get upset every time you see someone or
think about what they did to you? Why don't you turn that hate over to God? Just let it go. I know it isn't easy.
I've been there - but I know God is there, too!
Leviticus 19:1-2 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I
the LORD your God am holy."
Matthew 12:29-31 "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
In order to live a holy life there are some conditions and one of these conditions is that we cannot carry hatred in our
hearts. The Lord said we must be holy as He is holy, can you imagine Him hating someone? He hates our evil deeds, sure, but
He doesn't hate us. He hates sin but not the sinner. Look Leviticus 19:17 & 18:
17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
”Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart!” Carrying around hate in your heart will eat you alive from the inside out!
It will hurt you much more than the person the hate is directed toward. We are to love our neighbor even as we love
ourselves. Who, exactly is our neighbor? A certain lawyer asked Jesus this same question in Luke 10:25-37:
"And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law?
how readest thou?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour
as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and
departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a
Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and
when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him
to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him;
and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the
thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise."
Our neighbors are all people and there is no room in the Christian heart for hate for any of them ... no matter what they
have done to you. God gave you a memory and you will always remember the wrong but even while remembering it is still possible to turn loose of the hate.
Satan would love to make you believe you are justified in feelings of
hate for someone because of something they have done to you but don't
fall for his trap. If you are harboring these feeling in your heart,
pray right now and ask God to deliver you from this emotion
before it ruins your life as it did Haman and Absalom!
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