“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” – John 15:18
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray that You open my eyes to see spiritually what You are doing in my life. Father help me to read this and understand with my whole heart what You are involved in and not fall victim to the schemes of the enemy. Father God, I surrender my heart to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, for Your glory in His Name I pray. Amen.
Hate is a strong word, in Greek it means to love less and persecute. Hate is something that is rampant in this world, it sweeps over the nations because spiritual entities in high places cause it. Everywhere you look, hatred is coming. Jesus forewarned us that hatred would arise more and more in the last days (Matthew 24:10,12). But what do we do when we are hated? It’s one thing to know it, but it’s another thing to experience it. Sometimes we get confused because we didn’t do anything wrong and perhaps, we did something right, but Satan doesn’t give up. He tries to get us to walk in the flesh, which leads to death. Still, we have the choice to walk in the truth of Romans 8:6 “To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.” (Good News Bible)
The truth of the matter is we often fight hatred with anger, frustration and fleshly motives. The Bible clearly states, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (KJV) We fight hate with the wrong attitude, tools and weapons. We are quickly offended which often is the doorway to sin. Instead of praying for a moment we bring “it” up all the time, furthering the foothold and stronghold Satan is gaining in our lives. Paul said, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” – Ephesians 4:26 (KJV). The tool of Satan when he brings hatred is for you to get angry, talk about it, gossip about “them” and “it” and ultimately have a stronghold being built, often without your knowledge. Unforgiveness is a fast result of hatred, but what do we have to guard against it?
Prayer is one defense - If we don’t learn to pray for our enemies, we are not following Christ to the fullest of extent. When is the last time you prayed for someone who wronged you or others you know? Sure, it’s easy to pray and have false words, just words, empty and void of emotion. But God wants a real sincere prayer knowing the person is being used by Satan and you are the chosen one to bring freedom to them. Jesus said it, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV) The purpose isn’t just to pray, but to be like Our Father who overlooks sins and isn’t willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Remembrance of self - Remember when you did all those things against God? Isn’t it funny how we are fast in judgment and slow in prayer? We immediately forget scripture, our past and Gods ultimate goodness, grace, love and mercy towards us when we are hated. The truth is hatred can grow your walk with God because hatred can make you humble, prayerful and forgiving. It takes a humble heart to focus on God and His Word when people do evil things to you for no reason.
Acceptance – It’s hard to do, but the truth is, Satan wants to divert, distract and destroy you and he often uses people. Sometimes its people you are close to and sometimes its people you work around. Satan uses people in Church, that’s why you can’t discredit fellowship with other believers because you were hurt, because Satan knows your influence on other believers in that congregation.
Final Thoughts: It’s hard to do anything of significance with God and for God without being hated. Daniel was tossed in a den of lions because of hatred from enemies (Daniel 6:1-16). David was hunted by Saul, for a long time (1 & 2 Samuel). Christians were persecuted by Saul also known as Paul the Apostle, later (Acts 8-9). Jesus was hated by His own people (John 1:11). Joseph was hated by his own brothers (Genesis 37:9). The three Hebrew Boys were hated by Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:16-25). And ultimately, we are hated by Satan, because we hold the power, glory, wisdom, gifts and knowledge of God inside of us (Genesis 1:26). Next time hate comes your way, wait. Don’t get upset, acknowledge the spiritual world, not this world! That’s the trick and trap, Satan disguises himself as you fight for yourself. It’s not about you, it’s about God setting you apart to look more like Him and be more like Him. Is it hard? Yes. Is it worth it? Well, that depends on how valuable you place your walk with God.
Father God in Jesus Name. I pray and repent of any unforgiveness, bitterness and any root of hurt, anger or anything that involves hatred. Father, bring conviction to my heart so I can repent, become more like You and be filled with the Spirit of God to overcome the sin of hatred and pride. Father, I offer myself to You to have Lordship over my heart. Please show me any evil in me and help me get rid of it in the name of the Son of God, the Only Wise and True God, Jesus Christ. Amen.
“But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips.” – Colossians 3:8 (Good News Bible)