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In one word - hatred (05/14/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

All of us have felt an outburst of hateful words or the sting of a hateful deed. We Norwegians would say, "Ya, sure. You betcha." It is upsetting that no one will be immune from a belligerent fit or fits of anger during one's lifetime.

To our exasperation, hatred is like a thriving weed. It can be everywhere: at work, in our government, in our churches, in our schools, in our homes, between races, between countries, etc. Why? Because of the wickedness that is in men's hearts. Jeremiah 17:9

Does hatred come into existence from a heart of love or from a heart that is emotionally distressed? It is certainly the latter. Hatred can manifest itself within one's heart as a result of some horrible thing having been done to this person. A person doesn't hate someone for no reason at all. A person isn't born with hatred in one's heart. Hatred is acquired.

If we know and rely on God's word, hateful words and hateful deeds should not upset us. Gloom and doom will not loom within us. We will know that God wants us to respond to hatefulness in a lovable way. We should always realize that something is troubling someone if this person lashes out with a vast array of unpleasant words or unpleasant deeds. A happy person is not going to purposely bellow out spiteful words or do anything that would knowingly grieve or anger someone else.

People do hateful things for a multitude of reasons. One reason would be if they were treated unfairly or unjustly in the past. Does a hateful person feel better having released a barrage of hateful words or having inflicted a base deed upon someone? Are German shepherds bilingual?

Does hatred linger and reside within the heart to help or hinder? The answer is obvious. It may go away for awhile, but it can reappear from time to time to release its poisonous concoction of anger, resentment, hostility, etc.

All of us could recall an unpleasant cut spoken to us. One we remember is this: "We will take you out for supper, then you can put more in the collection plate tomorrow." The person who spoke these unkind words had to realize that such words would register as a cutting remark. Hate is the reason hateful words are spoken. Hate is the reason hateful deeds are done.

The world seems to be puzzled as to why there is so much suffering in the world...why there is so much contemptuous, cruel deviltry leveled at so many. This shouldn't be a mystery to anyone. We can understand hatred for evil, but why is there so much hatred for good?!

What is the main reason for all the enmity in the world? It can be stated in one word - hatred.

Ponder I John 3:15 Psalm 5:5 Proverbs 10:12

P.S. We need to remember this: Victory over hatred that lies within one's heart, is only one prayer away. 


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