how to love through hate

hello my name is judiclaire, and I am a sinner.

I hate. I hold grudges and I never forget, and I hold a lot of hate. And it’s hard to be a Christian through this hate. It’s one of my biggest sins, is holding on and not letting go.

Ephesians 4:31 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

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

Romans 12:9 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Love.

There is so much hate in the world right now. Pro Life vs Pro Choice. Women vs. Men. Democrats vs Republicans. Islamaphobia, Homophobia, whether your gay, straight, a Trump supporter. Whether you voted for Hilary, or Harambe. Whether you believe chocolate is better than vanilla.

Love is Love is Love is Love, and love must override hate. But where to start in this crazy world. I certainly have no idea. Every newscast, every trending topic on twitter. Someone is always angry, and someone is always hating. Just scrolling through my instagram timeline,  I have seen 7 posts about the Worst Dressed at the Grammys. 4 posts about Trump. Another couple about a girl, who was not dressed up to someone else’s standards.

Jesus calls us to love

Luke 6:35 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Let’s go back to the Easter Story real quick. Jesus was surrounded in a world that absolutely hated him. And that hate lasted his whole life. From day one of his life, he had a King on his trail, wanting him dead. He had haters, to bring Jesus’s human life to 2017. He was beaten, and beaten and beaten.

Love won at the cross.

And after all of that hate that Jesus encountered, Love still won.

“Love won over hate, over sin, over the world”

Jesus, who is our savior, the King of the world, came down. He left his cushy seat in heaven to come down to this earth. This very one where you are standing. He came down to experience hurt, and grief, and pain. He did that, for you, for me, and for love.

Hate is here, and by the looks of it, it’s not going anywhere. But like Jesus, we need to replace love with hate.

Love won on the cross, is it winning in your life?

 

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