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Love vs Hate: The Impact Of Our Actions As Christians

The Impact of Hateful Actions on Christians

In a world marred by strife, anger and discord, hateful actions can cast long shadows over the Christian walk of faith. Let’s explore the effects of such actions on believers, supported by the enduring wisdom of the Holy Bible scriptures.

The Nature of Hateful Actions

Hateful actions, whether through words or deeds, are an affront to the Divine commandments of love. The Apostle John writes, “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now” (1 John 2:9). Hatred obscures the light of Christ within us, leading to spiritual blindness. We are unable to see ahead in a tunnel of darkness and we can easily get engulfed within a vortex of hate which is the enemy’s calling card!

The Christian Response to Hatred

Christians are called to respond to hatred not with reciprocal animosity but with love. Jesus teaches, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This type of example and love is the hallmark of a disciple of Christ. It is a call to action for investing in the Doctrine of Jesus and incorporating His commandments into our course of action during our daily lives, all the days of our lives.

The Armor of God

In facing hateful actions, Christians are instructed to don the armor of God. Paul exhorts, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). The shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, fortify believers against the onslaught of hatred. It is the quintessential tools and protection in this hateful and scornful world of darkness, it is the invaluable clothes of choice to don in our pursuit of living out our days as Christians in the light.

The Test of Faith

Hateful actions test the resilience of a Christian’s faith. James encourages believers, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2-3). Trials, including those born of hatred, refine our faith and cultivate endurance. It brings about an endurance that we wouldn’t know otherwise had we not lived through the arduous hurdles and consequences we face. We come through it shinier and honed in Christianity as we grow deeper in our faith.

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the antidote to hatred’s venom. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). By forgiving those who act hatefully, Christians release the burden of bitterness and emulate the forgiving nature of Christ. We then reflect His likeness as we take on the mirror image of the LORD in practice and deed.

The Moral Imperative

The moral imperative for Christians is to rise above hateful actions and to embody the love of God. “Let all your things be done with charity” (1 Corinthians 16:14). Love is the greatest testimony of our faith and the most potent witness to the world. We need not look any further than the greatest love story of all time – (John 3:16).

Reflective Thoughts

As we contemplate the impact of hateful actions, let us consider:

  • How can we maintain a posture of love in the face of hatred?
  • What practical steps can we take to forgive those who have wronged us?
  • In what ways can we use our experiences with hatred to strengthen our testimony and faith?

“Dear Almighty God, our refuge and strength, we come before Thee seeking solace in the midst of hatred. Clothe us with Thy love, that we may respond to malice with grace. Help us to forgive as Thou hast forgiven us, and to shine Thy light in the darkest of places. May our lives reflect the beauty of Thy holiness and the depth of Thy compassion. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”

Conclusion

In conclusion, hateful actions, while they may wound, also provide an opportunity for Christians to demonstrate the transformative power of God’s love. Through the guidance of the Holy scriptures, believers can navigate the tumultuous waters of animosity with grace and emerge with a faith that is both resilient and radiant. Let us, therefore, embrace the call to love, forgive, and overcome evil with good.

About C D SWANSON

C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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