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The Devil’s Poison — Hate

Hate causes terrible consequences

Hate causes terrible consequences

Recently, a friend and I were discussing hateful feelings and she wondered how people can hate and yet share scriptures to justify their feelings and actions that are so contrary to God’s Word.  That is indeed a good question.  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but maybe I have an insight or two to share.

In the last few weeks I’ve had opportunity to reflect upon different people that have touched my life and it is with great sadness that I’ve had to realize a few of these folks have allowed themselves to be filled with hate due in part because they have chosen to believe lies, taken things out of context, talked their situations to death, made mountains out of mole hills, and in some cases just told themselves bald face lies, over and over and over again.  And yet, these same people were telling me that God had been doing so much in their lives, He was helping them move on and was healing their brokenness, they were overcomers.  Nothing was wrong with them.  “The ones who have the problem are the other people, not me!”

Not surprisingly, their bitterness, resentment, ill temper turned into such unmistakable hate and I could see it become like a poison, a cancer, in their life.  Everything they touched was black with envy, jealousy and spitefulness.  It reminded me, truthfully, of the evil Spiderman, in Spiderman 3.  (If you have read this blog for any length of time, you will know that I often talk about movies, because I can see so much that God wants to teach us right there on the big screen.  Don’t ask me why, but I guess I have a thing for movies!)

But, I digress.  I think oftentimes we think of God as being like we are, maybe just a little too much.  Yes, Jesus was flesh and blood, walked the earth as a human, sang, laughed, joked with His disciples and was their best friend.  He does much the same with us when we receive Him as Lord and Savior into our hearts.  But He is, after all, the Lord of All, King of Kings, Maker of Heaven and Earth.  He’s Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, He’s so far above us that our best could never be good enough.  We are sinful to our core and could never get to Him without His sacrifice to meet us where we’re at.  He came to this Earth in a lowly form as a human, in order to show us He is loving, kind, gentle, meek and lowly as well.

Having said that, I think we get on our high horses and assume that He thinks like us and would be highly offended by the people who have offended us.  We often try to find scriptures that agree with our point of view, and then refuse to listen to anything contrary to our thought and behavior patterns.  We just don’t want to be shown to be wrong…about anything!  We want God to hate what we hate.

But being God, He has an entirely different perspective than we do and can see the end from the beginning.  He knows what He’s trying to accomplish in us, what He wants to teach us, and only He knows best how to do that.  If it means we may endure heartache, insults, grief and sorrow along the way, He has made a way for us.  Remember, He walked in those same paths as a human, yet without sin, without hate.  He alone can make the pain go away.  He alone can heal the hurts.

But if we, on our own, decide we know how God is going to work things out and allow our emotions to get angry, angrier, angriest, then bitter, resentful, and filled with hate, we have totally missed what He wants to do in our lives.  He is on our side, but His ways have been tested over millennia of time and if we refuse to do things His way, we open ourselves up to His enemy, the devil.

Speaking of which, let’s discover a little about where hate originated.  When the universe was created, one of the most beautiful angelic beings lived in Heaven with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  He was revered and, according to some scholars, was apparently given leadership over music, the angelic choir, if you will.  His very spiritual body contained tabrets and pipes to make heavenly music and song for all to hear and sing.  He was considered an angel of light, beautiful beyond all angelic beings.  But he became filled with pride, forgetting his place and Who it was that had given him such gifts, and plotted to overthrow and become greater than God Himself.  He not only deceived himself, but ultimately a third of the angels believed and followed him, jeopardizing their Home and eternal future as well.   Before long a great battle ensued, the result of which left this former beautiful, gifted angel and all his cohorts plunging to their “death”, if you will, and the fall of this being was very great, as lightening streaking through the heavens!   Banished to earth, losing his important status in Heaven, and ultimately to lose everything—will be banished to everlasting hell and torment for his great sin and mutiny against a loving and great God.  Lucifer's Fall

Enter, stage right, Adam and Eve and all their descendants–you and me,  beings of the human persuasion, a little lower than angels according to the Bible.  We were promised a place in Heaven when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives.  We are promised health, wholeness, abundance in every area of our lives if we only will believe for it.  We are blessed, redeemed, honored, forgiven, healed and rich beyond our wildest dreams…wouldn’t that make you furious, filled with rage and hatred towards the ones God has chosen to replace you with??

Satan, or Lucifer as he has often thought to have been called in his glory days, became poisoned with hatred and now is on the rampage to try to destroy God’s creation in any way he can.   Pride, fear of lack, sorrow, self-righteousness, fear of all types, greed, sickness, disease, deviancy from all that is right and holy,  and so on and so on runs rampant in our world today, but is only the outcropping of the hatred in Satan’s black heart.  For now he’s the deceiver, the destroyer, the killer of all that is good, pure and right.  His lying poison has spilled out into our world in so many ways and for so many years that it is often difficult to determine right from wrong unless we stay very close to the Lord and the Words of Life He spoke through his early followers.  These Words never change, never falter, will remain the same forever and ever, unlike the confusion that the Enemy of our souls pours forth.

If you have allowed hate, or any of its’ lesser forms–if there is such a thing–anger, resentment, malice, bitterness, etc. to rise up in your heart, please know that you have a choice.  You can side with Lucifer/Satan and potentially risk losing everything you value, or you can turn to the Lord, repent, receive forgiveness and then forgive those who have hurt you.  What you will gain by ditching the hate is immeasurably better than anything you could lose by holding on to it.  Forgiveness is always the best way to go, and your example, Jesus, will help you as you allow Him to soften your heart and let His love flow through you.  Hate is a very hard task master and a thief of joy, love and peace.  Don’t let it steal any more from you.

Have confidence in the God of mercy….give him permission to take the hate and turn it into love, joy and peace.  Please feel free to share what God is doing in your life.  I’d love to rejoice with you as He brings you into His marvelous light.  Be blessed!

Today I read yet another blog post about forgiveness, and given the propensity for us as human beings to offend others and to be offended by others, it seems a pretty good subject to discuss.

Although I can already guess what your response will be, how many of you have endured one or more mildly annoying on up to gut wrenching offenses that you just can’t seem to get over, or put past you so you can move on with your life?  Making things worse is the fact that that person, persons, or situations may have seemingly sailed on in their lives to bigger and better things–promotions, relationships, success, etc., but you are stuck in the past, remembering every last gory detail of the offense in living color and dolby surround sound!! Where is the justice??

I too have had people in my life that seemed to “suck” the life out of me as I headed for what now might have been considered a “mini” nervous breakdown.  I knew I needed to forgive them, because that is the right thing to do, but they were so….difficult to deal with and impossible to reason with that I had a hard time doing what I knew I had to, in order for me to remain “sane”.

Fortunately, God has helped me to understand that forgiveness is NOT forgetting and letting by-gones be by-gones as we often think it is, but rather a purposeful choice to “let the other guy go”.  I had to make a concious choice to not hold them in bondage in my heart and mind, but release the pain and resulting memories to the Lord.  As long as I continued to hold that person and event close to me, thinking about it often, verbalizing it to myself and others, building upon it, and making it bigger that it really was initially, I would forever be bound to them.

God showed me that this negativity produced toxins emotionally and spiritually which would eventually infect every area of my life like a venemous poison.  I would become increasingly more bitter, resentful and hateful.  Every relationship would suffer, in one way or another, and my body would suffer consequences as well.  I submit to you that many of our illnesses today are a direct or indirect result of the unforgiveness we harbor in our hearts!

Obviously, it seems that walking in forgiveness is the best way to go, but how do you get to where you can do that consistently?  Realistically, I don’t think you can, in and of yourself.  Forgiveness is not a “natural” human endeavor, since we are sinful by nature and pretty self-centered. I believe you need a little Heavenly assistance in order to achieve complete forgiveness, especially for some of the more intense atrocities that have been committed against individuals in our insensitive and hostile world nowadays.  I’m speaking of rape, murder, incest, etc. in particular.

However, it is not impossible.  A determination to have peace at all costs is a prerequisite.  A willingness to give up the pride is another. (I think PRIDE keeps us from doing a lot of the things God wants us to do in order to live free, and forgiving is just one of those areas that hangs us up.)  Another requirement is the willingness to allow your “prisoner” to leave, to be free.  Even free enough to let God deal with him/her however He chooses to.  (Of course, your “prisoner” has no idea they are in your jail because they are out there livin’ large! Unknown to them is how much you hate them and how many hours and days, weeks and months you think about what they’ve done to you!)

So, basically, forgiveness is not about them at all!  It’s about doing what’s right and doing what is ultimately in your best interest.  It’s not really even a selfish thing either.  Forgiveness makes you a better person, saves relationships (even if you never see or talk to that person again) because you have a healed heart, and helps to keep you physically healthy all the way around.

But, the most important aspect of forgiveness, one that I cannot emphasize strongly enough, is that it pleases God.  After all, He sent His only Son to take on mortal flesh so that He could show us how to live–pure and free.  Then, He laid down His life, on purpose, to die in our place and thereby ensure that we could receive God’s forgiveness for our sins, which are so much more abhorrent than any offense that we could possibly endure in our lifetime!!  If God can forgive us, through Jesus, we can and must forgive other sinful beings that offend us in some way.  It’s not an option really, it’s a command–one that holds great freedom and peace for those who will obey.  Jesus is our Ever Living example of Forgiveness.  He will show you the way, if you are willing.

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