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Today’s World Seems To Have So Much Hatred

2 John 1:5

I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.

Today’s world seems to have so much hatred. Hatred between nations is not new – nations have gone to war and had tensions since time began. Protecting a nation’s borders is not new either – wars have been started over border enforcement or borders being ignored. In my opinion – tensions seem to be at an all time high in many places around the world. Hatred is running rampant.

Today’s world seems to have so much hatred. The last election seemed to turn ugly – uglier than usual. And the ugliness has only gotten uglier if possible. If you voted for Trump or Clinton – the opposite side immediately thought you were an idiot and hatred spewed forth – before and after the election. And the candidates didn’t help any calling those who supported the other side deplorables or talking about punching someone in the face – and the hatred continues. The rhetoric coming from the mouths and tweets of our leaders – on both sides – news bites – feeds the hatred being experienced today.

Today’s world seems to have so much hatred. My family recently went out to dinner at The Melting Pot in Annapolis. It was a celebration dinner for our twin daughters on their birthday. Ten of us gathered and ordered all sorts of foods and all shared pots to cook our meals. We had colored pokers to put our meat and other food items in the cooker pots and arms and hands were all over the place. It could have caused an issue – but we all figured out a system and got along. All had plenty of food and a good time was had by all. I mention this because it seems like we have a hard time sharing and getting along in the world today – even in our own nation – even with more than enough for every working person to have plenty. There is a better way.

BeKindToday’s world seems to have so much hatred. In the days of the early church – hatred was running rampant as well. The early Christians were being persecuted by Rome and by the Jews – yet Christ and His disciples talk and wrote about love. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 2 John 1:4–6 – 4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Today’s world seems to have so much hatred. Love is walking in obedience to God. Love is loving one another – even if we differ in opinion. We don’t have to agree to love one another. We don’t have to have the same theology – to love one another. Love is caring for one another as Christ cared for us. It doesn’t mean we all agree or gather to sing Kumbaya – but having a heart of love toward one another is what God requires of us. We can do it – left or right – liberal or conservative – democrat or republican – pagan or Christian – it matters not the color of our skin or the nation of our birth – we can still love one another or at least show love toward one another. For we were all lost until Christ loved us and died for us! Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 3, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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