Hate is a matter of fact in this life. It is always as present as love. Live past the hate.
John 17:14 – I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I have often heard that the opposite of hate is love, but that is really not the case. Because both hate and love are active forces, the true opposite of love is apathy, which offers no force at all. But we can say that the counter-force to hate is love. And it is by the constant application of the force (or fruit) of love that hate, as well as fear, can be completely overcome and brought to nothing. In essence, we must learn to “live past the hate.”
We must be aware that in this present age, hate will never be a thing of the past, that is something gone from our time. However, we must likewise be aware that hate can, and should be, a thing of the past in regard to its position relative to our lives. We must make hatred a thing and is always behind us, never in front of us (that is leading our way), and never with us (that is accompanying us as a companion of the present. It must always be kept behind us. We must learn to live PAST hate.
And once again, I declare boldly to you that we CAN accomplish that feat by walking in love. My dear friend, love is not a feeling or an emotion. I realize that is the way the world views it, and sadly, that is the way much of the church views it. One believer thinking that love is a feeling or emotion is one too many to hold that philosophy. And that is precisely what such a mind-set it – it is a deceptive philosophy, a lie of hell, and a horrible trap into which we MUST NOT fall. And in order to prevent falling into that trap, we must rightly divide the Scriptures regarding a Biblical definition of LOVE.
According to the Scriptures, LOVE is a person, not a feeling or emotion. GOD IS LOVE! According to the Scriptures, LOVE is an action; a vital action, not a feeling or emotion. THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD, THAT YOU KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. From the mouth of Messiah Himself we read the words, “If you love Me, keep My commandments; and I will pray the Father and He will send you another Comforter.” Do you desire to truly walk in love? Do you truly desire to live in that place where your faith ALWAYS works? The answer is simple. BE A DOER OF THE WORD, AND NOT A HEARER ONLY, DECEIVING YOURSELF. I know it is easier said than done, but it is doable, for you have Holy Spirit to teach you and lead you into all truth. Be Word doers, and live past hate.
Manna for Today – John 17; 1 John 5:3; John 14:12-17; 1 John 4:8-16; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:7; James 1:22