1 John 4:20-21 (NLT)
20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: The one who loves God must also love his brother.
If we hate, we don’t love God. Very simply put and it is the indisputable truth. If there is hate, that person doesn’t love God. Do you see that out there? Groups like Daesh, Antifa, Southern Poverty Law Center, Fascists, the streets of Chicago, whatever – we all have our list. Labeling, living in fear, hating what isn’t theirs, not looking to love anything or anyone who isn’t one of theirs.
That’s not how God works. It’s not who Christ is – he hung with the bottom rungs, the most broken according to the world. It’s against everything that is God and it’s distinctly human in its very nature. Broken thoughts, broken actions. For all of you whose blood is curdling right now, slow down and take a look at your self-righteous indignation. Take a look at your hate. That’s not how God works. If you don’t know God’s ways, I’m praying you find it, praying that the scales come off your eyes and the frost comes out of your heart.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Everything you need. Everything. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Ain’t no hate in there. That is God’s way. Perfect in love, perfect in grace, perfect in mercy, perfect in justice, perfect in truth. Seek it with all your strength.
Indisputable truth from the creator of truth. Seek it and not the ways of your own understanding. There is hope for us all if we can only get over our stiff necks and self-righteous purity. What awaits is our great expectation of perfection, our pure, undefiled, priceless inheritance.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NLT)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’