Hate or Love
1 John 2:9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him[c] to make him stumble. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”
Does this mean if someone doesn’t like me that they hate me? What if someone continually attacks me and/or my character? How about this, if someone continues to be a thorn in your side? What about if you find yourself under spiritual attack and you try and identify that attack to a person? Does this give me a right to hate my brother? Absolutely not, if I am under trial or tribulation, which could be from a co-worker (or a brother in the church) should I automatically assume that the problem lies with them and not with me?
How can we tell who is right or wrong? I mean, seriously, if I am a ministry leader shouldn’t I always be right? If I am reading the word of God everyday and praying often, doesn’t that mean that the other person must be wrong? Do you hate your brother? Let me be specific, is there someone in your church, mini church, neighborhood or workplace that is causing you to stumble? That is causing you to hate them? Can you justify that position? If so, then re-read 1 John 2:9-11, and then re-ask the question. Seriously, Galatians 6 tells us that we should test ourselves and only ourselves. The Book of James tells us that through trial and tribulation we build perseverance and through perseverance we build maturity. Spiritual Maturity, we find in Hebrews 5 & 6, gives us the ability to immediately discern good from evil.
So where should you go to find out who is right and wrong: 1) Scripture 2) Prayer 3) Leaders in your church 4) Accountability Partners (which may include your wives if you are married) and 5) Galatians 5 – that is, are you bearing fruit of the Spirit or Fruit of the Sinful Nature. Scripture is very clear between the two. You cannot possibly be walking in the light if you are bearing fruit from both.
So now what? Do you hate your brother? Do you hate your sister? Are these questions penetrating to the soul? If so, repent, ask God to direct you in the right course and pray for forgiveness.
And remember, God is good all the time. All the time God is good.