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My dear friends, I am not writing to give you a new commandment. It is the same one that you were first given, and it is the message you heard. But it really is a new commandment, and you know its true meaning, just as Christ does. You can see the darkness fading away and the true light already shining. If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark. But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don't cause problems for them. If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don't know where we are going, because we can't see in the dark.
1 John 2:7-11
The temptation to hate other people is very strong. I believe most of the "news broadcasts" in the western world are an organized effort to encourage you to hate other people. Today the news media is very bold about telling you who to hate!
If you are affiliated with one political party, you are told why you should hate all of the people of the other party! It goes far beyond politics. If we are fans of one sports team we find ourselves "hating" those who support our rivals!
According to these verses in 1 John, when we start hating the lights go out in our lives and we walk in the dark! Satan wants to make you walk in the dark!
Truthfully, there is no good reason to hate another human being. Jesus said to love, even your enemies!
Check your heart and see if there is anyone that you hate. If there is someone you hate, you can turn back on the lights in your life by deciding to love instead of hate!
"Lord Jesus, may I walk in the Light today and be done with the Darkness of Hate! Praise Your Name now and forever! Amen."