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Hatred Is A Corrosive Element

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

img_0063-2I’m spending some time today and over the next few days – listening to the impeachment trial on TV. I could have ignored it (and maybe I should). I could simply read or listen about it later. But – I decided to have it running while I work. I wanted to make my own decisions – rather than hearing someone else’s opinion about it. I’m still looking for a news agency that gives me simply the news without their take or slant. I’m looking for a news station or an online source that simply reports news rather than give opinion. Since I have not found such a source – I will listen and make my own opinion. If you know of such a source – please pass it along to me in the comments or by private message.

What I see in politics today (and in some religious circles as well) is anger – partisanship – and even hatred. We have lost – in some circles – the ability to disagree without hatred or anger – without being disagreeable. As I listen to the impeachment – it is amazing that thoughtful person on either side of the disagreement can be so opposed to each other – in such a partisan way. The democrats are with all wrong or all right – the republicans as well. The same seems to be the position taken by the liberals and the conservatives in religious circles. There is very little bipartisan work in politics or religious life these days.

This brought to my mind today’s passage and some others. Here are a couple that speak to the heart and attitude.

Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Matthew 15:18–19 – 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Ephesians 3:14-19 – 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Philippians 2:5 – In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:5 (NLT) – You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

These passages speak about our attitudes – our heart – the words we speak – our spirit. They talk about hatred – they talk about our evil thoughts – they talk about where our words come from (our inner being – our heart). Love covers over our sinful nature. Walking in faith – in a deep relationship with Jesus – can help us overcome our heart’s evil desires.

An article I read had this information. “Hatred corrodes the container that carries it.” These words were spoken by former Senator Alan Simpson at the funeral of George H. W. Bush. Attempting to describe his dear friend’s kindness, Senator Simpson recalled how the forty-first president of the United States embraced humor and love rather than hatred in his professional leadership and personal relationships.

I relate to the senator’s quote, don’t you? Oh, the damage done to me when I harbor hatred!

Medical research reveals the damage done to our bodies when we cling to the negative or release bursts of anger. Our blood pressure rises. Our hearts pound. Our spirits sag. Our containers corrode.

Let’s work on our hearts. Let’s work on our attitudes. Let’s work on our language and the negative – even hateful words we use. The negative and hateful words and attitude can really destroy our spirit and our heart.

I would hope that our country’s leaders would operate more with love and less with hatred. I wish our denominational leaders would do the same. Pray with me for us and for all.

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

January 22, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Amen,
    and I read a quote of MLK in Dear Abby: Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.


    Comment by Richard Reynnells | January 22, 2020 | Reply

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