Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. 1 John 4:20
Wow! What powerful words! Of course, all the words in the Bible are powerful but when I think about this sentence, it really makes me wonder, “Am I a liar?” Corinthians tells us that we can move mountains, but if we do it without love, it means absolutely nothing.
So if I have even the tiniest amount of hate towards someone, God sees me as a liar. I can’t love God when I hate someone in my life. Ouch! I really need to be careful! Gods knows the heart and he can see any bit of hate towards another soul that He created.
We all have our shortcomings. And if I can’t love someone for who they are, then how are people supposed to love me? I have plenty of faults! Especially when it comes to my spouse. I promised to love him, no matter what happens and no matter what sins he commits.
Of course, a goal of a Christian is to become more like Jesus every day, but this gives us no reason to hate a brother or sister. God only allows love. And if your brother or sister has wronged you, WWJD?! Yes, He forgives. Always. Because that is what love is all about: forgiveness, sacrifice, and a heart like Jesus had.
Him+Her Weekly Goal
Is there anyone we hate? Ask God to help you love those people.