“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” - 1 John 3:15
Do you feel the love? The other day, I turned on the tv and the top three stories on the news were about murder, war, and theft. I was not surprised. This is a sad realization- to be so used to violence and hate that you expect to see it.
The world today is so overrun by hate, but nobody wants to take responsibility for it. So many people try to justify their hate- they basically defend the thought that in some cases it’s okay to hate someone or get revenge. “Well so and so did this to me so they had it coming” or “if I don’t get payback, they’ll just walk all over me” are just a few “justifications” given. But do we ever stop to think how this hate or revenge plot will affect others?
Hate breeds hate. Not only that, but it breeds revenge and suffering. Look at the wars this country gets involved in? War is hate- no matter which way you look at it, our country has grown to hate entire races because of war. This country attacks us so, of course, we attack back. Blood is spilled and the children of the ones killed grow up with hatred and revenge in their heart and start a whole new war- it’s a never ending cycle. Seeds of hate and revenge are being sewn daily into the hearts of millions around the world and we act like this is a thing to be accepted.
But how does the Bible say we should handle these matters?
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Overcome evil with good... People say that being nice is a weakness; they say that if you’re nice you get run over and taken advantage of. This is why our country is involved in conflicts so much- to save face and to maintain “top dog” status?
But what would happen if we actually loved instead of hated? What if we actually tried to break the cycle- plant a few seeds of love instead? Sure we won’t reach them all, but the ones we do reach will reach others and then a new cycle will begin.
Love breeds love. So the next time you want to “get payback” for a wrong done against you, keep in mind that your actions could breed hate or you could choose to breed a new generation of love instead.
Today's devotion was written by Nealey Sims. Thank you for reading, have a blessed day!