Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How to Handle Hatred!

How to Handle Hatred!

People will hate us and be mean to us because we are followers of Christ. We will be persecuted, insulted, mistreated, abused, and some of us even killed for no reason other than we are believers in the Son of God (Matthew 10:19-22). Through all this we need to remain faithful and obedient to the Lord Jesus, for the one who continues following the Way will be saved (Matthew 24:9-13). There are certain things that the Word of God inclines us to do throughout these struggles. We are treated like the world's trash, but that is no reason to stop loving (1 Corinthians 4:12-13). Master Jesus points out that we should treat everyone kindly, because if we are nice only to our friends, even people who don't know God do that (Matthew 5:38-48).

So, what are some simple things the Word of the Lord says we can remember to do in times we are dealing with hatred and enemies of the cross?

1. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad.
(Matthew 5:11-12)
2. Accept it,
3. ask God to bless them,
4. and try to say something that will help them.
(1 Corinthians 4:12-13)
5. If they hit one side of our face, turn and let them hit the other cheek, too.
6. If they take our shirts, let them have our coats, too.
7. Go two miles when forced to go one.
8. Don't refuse anyone.
(Matthew 5:38-48)
9. Stay strong in our faith.
(Matthew 24:9-13)
10. Take it as an opportunity to tell them the Good News about Jesus Christ.
11. Don't worry now about what we will say; when the time comes, the Holy Spirit of God will give us the right words to say.
(Luke 21:12-19)
12. Pray for them.
(Luke 6:28)


Matthew 5:11-12 NKJV↓
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

1 Corinthians 4:12-13 ERV↓
We work hard with our own hands to feed ourselves. When people insult us, we ask God to bless them. When people treat us badly, we accept it. When people say bad things about us, we try to say something that will help them. But people still treat us like the world’s garbage—everyone’s trash.
Matthew 5:38-48 ERV↓
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I tell you, don’t fight back against someone who wants to do harm to you. If they hit you on the right cheek, let them hit the other cheek too. If anyone wants to sue you in court and take your shirt, let them have your coat too. If a soldier forces you to walk with him one mile, go with him two. Give to anyone who asks you for something. Don’t refuse to give to anyone who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly. If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in heaven. He lets the sun rise for all people, whether they are good or bad. He sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward for that? Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than anyone else. Even the people who don’t know God are nice to their friends. What I am saying is that you must be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."

Luke 6:28 ERV↓
"Ask God to bless the people who ask for bad things to happen to you. Pray for the people who are mean to you."

Matthew 24:9-13 ERV↓
“Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and killed. People all over the world will hate you because you believe in me. During that time many believers will lose their faith. They will turn against each other and hate each other. Many false prophets will come and cause many people to believe things that are wrong. There will be so much more evil in the world that the love of most believers will grow cold. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved."

Luke 21:12-19 ERV↓
“But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. They will do all these things to you because you follow Me. But this will give you an opportunity to tell about Me. Decide now not to worry about what you will say. I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer. Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you. They will have some of you killed. Everyone will hate you because you follow Me. But none of these things can really harm you. You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things."

Matthew 10:19-22 NKJV↓
"But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;  for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.  And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."


I thank God that He has given us the Gift of the Holy Spirit, who allows us to know Him better and be more like His Son Jesus. God bless you all. I love you with the strength and love of Christ, and I'm here for you.

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