I John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
I have discovered it’s easy to say you love God. But it’s not always so easy to love other people, is it? And what is it that God wants from us? The Lord wants us to love Him and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). And, God has so intertwined your love for Him with love for others that’s when you really start loving others with His love, you’ll give up your understanding of love and embrace the Lord’s Heart of Love.
If you truly love God and you truly love others, you’ll find that you don’t have the option of hating our brothers and sisters. In fact, He doesn’t even give you the option of hating your enemies. Jesus said, “But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:27-28). Now this is some deep stuff family of God! Whoever, you are reading this today, yes this is the message not your way but God’s!
The bottom line is this: surrendering to God means surrendering your hatred as well. Loving people you like is easy. But God calls us to exhibit His love, which was a love that drove Jesus to the cross. That means loving people you don’t necessarily like. That means loving your enemy. You can’t do it on your own. You need to draw from God’s endless supply of His love. Have an amazing day family of God!
Quote- Booker T. Washington “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”