So much of our lives are filled with hate. People would say “these days” but unfortunately, it isn’t something new. From the time sin entered the world, so has hate. Or have we forgotten Cain and Abel?
“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.’ Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”
Obviously, Cain did not master his sin of anger and jealousy at this moment! But what about us? Over and over again we have examples of temptation and failure to heed God’s warnings. God continually gives us commands to love one another and serve one another; to put away selfish ambition and conceit and put on love and adoration.
Opinions will always differ. We are different people, living different lives. Some call upon the name of the Lord and others are hardened to it. But we are all made in the image of God (whether we believe in that or not), we are all God’s children trying to figure out our place in this sin drenched world. Satan creeps around the corners, seeking to devour us all. So what are we to do? Hebrews 13 tells us our mission is to love and Matthew 22 tells us that next to loving God we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Eccl 3 tells us that there is nothing better than to rejoice and do good in one’s lifetime. So why are we spending so much time in this whisper of life in hate?
Instead of hating I choose to love:
Love my circumstances:
Love my sin filled past because it brought me to the Lord.
Love the people who have harmed me, because they are children of the King in need of restoration, so that they don’t spend eternity in painful torment.
Love the differences in our personalities because God is a beautiful tapestry maker who uses vibrant colors to complete His amazing work.
Love the gifts of this world:
Love the beauty of the rain falling on a parched ground.
Love the mist as it settles into crevices of a broken canyon.
Love the green valleys that call for the wild antlers of deer to prance across.
Love being a woman:
Love the feel of the small plum sized foot that pressed upon my kidney or the flutter of hiccups that engulfed my belly when I was carrying my children.
Love the eyes that examined my face and little sausage fingers that played with my face and hair as I nourished my young babies with the beauty of God’s design in breastfeeding.
Love the little hands that grab mine or the fear choking hugs of a child’s needs being met.
Love the long nights of illness where I get to cuddle with my sweet blessings from the Lord.
Love the compassion and sensitivity that give me the emotions to feel love, fear, guilt, pain, and happiness.
Love the intertwining fingers of my husband in mine as he guides me down paths I don’t know how to handle, or his strong arms that cradle my weak body when I am sick.
Put simply, I will love the woman God made me and the people He has put in my life. I will cherish the trials, persecutions, blessings, and honors for they all have lovingly been put in my path by my Lord to sanctify and bless me. I will understand that God made us all different, with different potentials, hobbies, passions, emotions, and tendencies and love how the Lord can direct our good in it all.
So start mastering your hate and celebrating your blessings. Yes, things will offend you and hurt you and make you feel pain, but your mentality of it is on you: the hate you feel is up to you. You can choose to love or hate, be offended or pray for the lost, seek vengeance or pray for change, be a part of the problem or a light in the dark.
As for me, I choose to love.