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Love and Hate

July 9, 2016

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Love  and Hate

In our lives  there are things we “love”  and things we “hate”.    The very greatest commandment is given us  in Deuteronomy 6:5  and elsewhere.     It says,

You shall love  the LORD  your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your might.

That is definitely good and right.     But,  it is impossible unless we also “hate”.     We must “hate”  all sin  —  lies,  greediness,  corruption,  slander,  covetousness,  thievery,  sexual sins,  and murder.     We can understand that,  but Jesus adds  to all this  in  Luke 14:26,

If anyone comes  to Me,  and does not hate  his own father  and mother  and wife  and children  and brothers  and sisters,  yes,  and even his own life,  he cannot be  My disciples.

Many cannot understand  the kind of “hate”  Jesus is referring to.     Jesus’ statement upsets them greatly  as they think  of their love  for their family.     Understanding how we must “hate”  sin is one thing,  but understanding how we should actually “hate” our family  is another.     The meaning of the word “hate” is to be understood  in a situation  of comparison  of our love  for Jesus.

The early Christians demonstrated this kind  of “hate” many times.     As they were forced  to watch their loved ones fed  to the lions,  they refused  to deny Jesus.     That is  “love”  for Jesus  and a comparitive “hate” for their family.     As their  very own lives  were being taken,  they refused  to deny Jesus  and freely gave up  their own lives.     That is “love”  for Jesus  and “hate” for their own lives.

Real “love” is special  and true forever.     So Jesus added  in Luke 14:33,

None  of you  can be My disciple  who does not give up  all his own possessions.

“Love” does not hold back.     It’s either real  or it’s not.

Thinking  of how Jesus loved us  on the cross,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  blessed be Your love towards us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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