1 John 4:8 KJV “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
Matthew 24:10-12 NIV “AT THAT TIME MANY WILL TURN AWAY from the faith and will BETRAY AND HATE EACH OTHER, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, THE LOVE OF MOST WILL GROW COLD.”
I’ve heard black people say they hate black people, white people say they hate white people, black people who hate whites, and whites who hate blacks and so on. All not good. Christians, it is our duty to forgive and love. (Matthew 6:14-15) Forgiveness and love overcomes hatred. It is not our duty to nitpick at the faults and failures of people or certain nationalities. As disciples of Jesus we are called to learn how to love folks regardless of their shortcomings. And yes, it is a challenge.
Jesus said he came to save the world not to condemn it. (John 3:17) We need Jesus’ heart guys, Oh we need His heart, ALL OF US.❤️ Satan is tricking many Christians into hating people and they don’t even know it. I’m guilty of this myself.
The prophet Jonah hated people from Nineveh. He hated them so much that when God told him to go to Nineveh and preach to the Ninevites Jonah went on a trip in the opposite direction. It is very hard to help people you don’t like. But Jesus thinks differently and encourages us to learn from Him. The Bible says when Jesus watched a group of messed up people he had pity on them. To him they were like lost sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 ESV “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
The Ninevites that Jonah hated were a cruel vicious people. Just like many folks are today. But God sees things from a different vantage point. He alone can judge each individual heart. He alone knows exactly what makes people tick. God severely chastised Jonah for his disobedience like a loving father would do to a son. Towards the end of Jonah’s lesson God asked him:
Jonah 4:11 ESV “Should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Let’s get one thing understood: just because some people preach the gospel seemingly less than others doesn’t mean they love God less, or hate people like Jonah did. Everyone is different. Everyone’s calling is different. (1 Corinthians 12:27-30)
God told Jonah, ‘these people can’t discern their right hand from their left, should I not pity them?’ God knew they had serious issues. Just like you and I can look at certain folks today and see they have serious problems. But, ‘Should I not pity them?’ God is asking. God is a God of mercy not just judgment. The Bible says that mercy triumphs over judgment.
Zechariah 7:9 NIV “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; SHOW MERCY AND COMPASSION to one another.”
James 2:12-13 NLT “So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”
Once Jonah repented and obeyed God by preaching to the Ninevites do you know what happened?😊 The Bible says every one of them from the king of Nineveh to the lowest citizen repented! WOW!😃 That’s right, everybody repented. 120,000 people got saved!😃 Jonah was really wrong about those Ninevites just as I have been about folks at times. He may not have been wrong about some of their conduct but no one can see the human heart like God can. Just as Jonah repented so can we.😪 The story of Jonah and the Ninevites can be found in the Bible book of Jonah. It’s a short book check it out when you get a chance.😊
You and I may never get to see a whole nation of people get saved like Jonah did and that’s ok. Individuals though are being saved the Bible says from every nationality. (Revelation 7:9-10) What a privilege we have to be a part of this lifesaving work of God.😊
Let’s get one thing understood: just because some people preach the gospel seemingly less than others doesn’t mean they love God less, or hate people like Jonah did. Everyone is different. Everyone’s calling is different. (1 Corinthians 12:27-30) But in Jonah’s case it was indeed hatred for others. And before Jonah could be used by God to help anybody else JONAH NEEDED TO REPENT FIRST. (Luke 6:41-42) WE ALL NEED TO REPENT FIRST! Repentance is an ongoing thing. Sometimes we are just as jacked up as those Ninevites we are always talking about, as those black people we talk about, as those white people we talk about, etcetera, we just can’t see it. But God has a way of showing us ourselves. Once we see it, once the light bulb comes on and we realize that we are no better than those quote in quote, “messed up people,” we can now be used by God to help save some.😊
OVERCOMING HATING OTHERS
I admit to hating people myself. I hope that it’s not there still lurking and I just can’t see it. That’s scary. With that being said I am still fighting the hate monster. The first step to overcoming this demon would be admitting it to yourself and to God. Second, we must pray and beg God to create in us a new heart.
Psalms 51:10-13 NL “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.”
It must become our desire and routine to ask God to help us see things, see people, from His point of view. We must be willing to throw away opinions we have about other people when we see they are not godly. God is creating in us a new heart.❤️ We must let God be the judge. And lastly, REGULAR Bible study is a must. It is in God’s word that we see His heart. It is also where we see our hearts too, and that they don’t always line up with God’s heart. Instead of getting mad at this we should GET GLAD and THANK GOD for showing us when our thinking is off so we can repent.
Proverbs 12:15 KJV “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
Revelation 3:19 ESV “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”
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