Christians Do Not Hate

Christians Do Not Hate By Kirk Hunt

 

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

1 John 4:20 NKJV

 

I am always disappointed when someone, claiming to be a Christian, expresses hate for others.  Jesus told us the world would hate Christians.  Not once did He command us to hate sinners, even in retaliation.  Multiple times, He commanded us to love those who hate us.

 

Jesus said in Luke 6:27, “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”  Perhaps the hearing part is the tricky part.  Perhaps the obedient to Christ part is a different tricky part.

 

Jesus could have called down fire on various sinners and adversaries during His earthly ministry.  He did not do so, even once.  Instead, He died for the Pharisees who hated him.  Jesus forgave His executioners during His execution.  He died for you and I, even though we were sinners.

 

The Christ I serve healed foreigners and aliens.  He proclaimed that He came to minister to sinners and tax collectors.  May I remind you that He personally refused to condemn an adulteress, caught in the very act?

 

Condemnation ends the conversation.  Conviction leads to restoration.  Christians are commanded to make disciples (Matthew 28:19) of all men and women.  We cannot hate the souls we expect and want to love Jesus. 

 

Think:                I cannot (effectively) share Jesus with someone I hate.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out my love for You by loving Your (sinful) children.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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Loving Hearts By Kirk Hunt

 

When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 8: 10-11 NKJV
Please read John 8:3-11

 

The entire concept of love, especially Christian love, has gotten jumbled in recent history. A loving heart is not blindly permissive, or afraid of holding people accountable. Loving hearts understand that people are imperfect, especially those who stand up for right and righteousness.

 

Jesus did not call for her stoning, but He did not let her off the hook. Godly conviction would lead her to understand her error and an opportunity to amend her life. Condemnation would have ended her life without any chance for a change in her future.

 

Scripture is clear on what is, and is not, sin. Scripture is also clear that God’s people are the recipients of grace and mercy. If we are to impact the culture as Jesus did, we must operate as Jesus did. With mercy. In grace.

 

Love often will convict, but never rushes to condemn. Grace does not condone sin but gives the gift of fresh opportunity. Mercy has the strength to hold back justice and draw in repentance and redemption.

 

Jesus demonstrated His loving heart to her, then you. Can they see your loving heart?

 

Think:             Loving hearts seek to convict rather than condemn.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to have a loving heart, like Your Son.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2015, Kirk Hunt

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