Reflections for today: Hatred is sin; it is wrong; and it is wrong no matter what position you take, or no matter how you justify it.
God created all humans and He loves what He created....He called it very good! He created all humans in His image. He did not create humans to all look alike and sound alike. He loves diversity. He is delighted when we walk in the unique ways He has created us.
We only need to look at the world He's created to see His love for diversity.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28)
I read this to mean, that every human, regardless of race, sex, or color, is one in Christ when we believe.
God is love; not hatred. He does not discriminate against those He loves, regardless of their differences or skin color and neither should we.
The Word says: "But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes."(1 John 2:11).
When we hate others we are walking in darkness; we are blind!
Those that are blind cannot lead you to where you need to go, so as we have discussions, consider with me if you are being led by a blind guide or one with eyes of love.
It's easy in times like these to be tossed around by the loudest voice on media or social media. It's easy to follow the majority; it's hard to travel on the narrow path or swim upstream.
Love always trumps hate! Love is our filter people because God is love.(1John 4:8)
Love does not always mean perfect agreement in all things. Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it does not keep a record of wrongs. It rejoices in truth, does not rejoice in evil, always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. (1 Cor. 13:4-7)
May we take off any lens of hate that exists in us and filter everything through the eyes of love. May we challenge our thinking through God's lens, not the world's, as we seek to change, grow, and make a difference in this world.