We cannot hate people then expect God to bless us; it doesn’t work like that. And, God loves EVERYBODY; not everything they do—but He loves everybody. We are deceived if we think we can embrace hate and not get burned. Even when doing the Lord’s work, our good intentions turn corrupt when the devil’s tactics are used to get the job done: lying, cheating, stealing, and mistreating others—that’s not doing the Lord’s work—that’s a heart gone rogue.
Who merits so highly that a person would sacrifice their blessings to hate them?
The enemy knows most people don’t want to be associated with hating—anybody. Therefore, he will shrewdly disguise hate under more acceptable headings like: self-preservation, tough love, justice, and so on. The One who thoroughly examines the heart—is God. He searches the hidden chambers where the motives, of these “acceptable” behaviors, are stored.
Can our motives pass God’s in-depth examination?
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).
We will reap what a rogue heart has sown.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Assuredly [I pledge it] the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the multitude of the [uncompromisingly]righteous shall be delivered (Proverbs 11:21, AMP).
No one wants to reap what a rogue heart has sown. But then again, the way some people disregard others, makes one wonder if they ever stop to consider the repercussions they will face? No one is above God’s Word!
We must ask the Holy Spirit daily to search our hearts; let us know if anything seeped in that doesn’t reflect Him. After we ask Him to search, we must be willing to accept His findings; and by faith, do His instructions on how to change. What the Spirit shows us will probably have something to do with how we respect or disrespect others.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-31).
In the end, after we have worked hard to achieve a productive life on earth, it can all be summed up with two questions:
- Did we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior?
- How did we treat people?
I don’t think—anything else matters much.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind (Psalm 26:2, AMP).
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