Hate and Death

Posted: 02/27/2011 in Message
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Matthew 5:21-24

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not kill: and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without just cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring the gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you; Leave your gift at the altar and go your way; first to be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Anger is very dangerous to a Christian. Anger can destroy your testimony in front of others. Especially when you think of all the things that can get you angry. Needing to be somewhere ten minutes ago and finding your tire flat. Driving down the road behind someone driving slow and you are in a hurry. Saving up money for something that you want and having to buy something to replace what just broke. In today’s world there are many things that can make us go off.

There are times when anger is appropiate and when it is not. Being angry in the middle of a dangerous situation can cause you to save someones life, yours or someone elses. Anger is able to give you just what you need to make a dangerous situation not so dangerous. But being angry at a person is not appropiate no matter what. Even if that person allowed or caused that dangerous situation you are in. Verse 22 of this passage says, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without just cause shall be in danger of the judgment…”

Jesus bore this out near the end of his life. He could have been angry at Judas for betraying him to the religious leaders and authorities. He could have been angry at Peter for betraying him three times. He could have been angry those that whipped him and mocked. Even the guy on the cross beside him did this. He could have angry, but he was not. He still loved each of these men.

He showed the very love he wants us all to show. He showed the love that he taught his followers to show. “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, do good to them which hate, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” (Luke 6:27-28) He told his followers to love those that hate them. As a follower of Christ that is a lot of people, especially today.

Many times when we get angry at someone, we say that we hate them. Is this alright? Of course not. 1 John 2:9,11 says this about hate. “He that says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now…. But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.” This seems to be pretty clear cut. Those that profess to God are really in darkness if they hate their fellow brother. It also says that they are blind. Verse 10 of this passage says this, “He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in them.” Why? Because they are not blind. They can see.

The Bible gives other clear cut warnings about hate. 1 John 4:20 says, “If a man say , I love God, and hates his brother, is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he hasn’t seen?” The answer is he can’t. And if he says he can the scripture calls him a liar.

The Bible also says that “We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death. Whosoever hates his brother is a murdurer: and you know that no murdurer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:14-15)

But didn’t Jesus kick out all those people selling goods in the temple? He was angry when he did that, wasn’t he? Yes, he was angry. But would it not be more accurate to say that he was angry at what was going on and not angry at the people?

What about the verse that says that “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and yes even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” ? Well when we get married we still love our parents. Our love for them does not change. But, we love someone more than them, but our love for our parents does not lessen. In this case, we love our spouse more than our parents. So hate in this context means that we are to love Christ more than anyone or anything.

We are also allowed to hate sin. Hating sin is ok. God hates sin and cannot even be around it. He even expects his followers to be the same way. The problem is when we hate the person that is sinning because we equate the sin with the person. We have to be able to look beyond the sin and look at just the person. This is what Christ did. If we were to hate the sin as well as the person then what Jesus did on the cross was useless. It does not amount to anything.

He came here to reconcile us to himself. He didn’t come here to hate us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He hated no one. He showed his love to his friends. Who are his friends? All those that love him.

We must, as Christians, begin to see people the way God does. We need to be able to separate the person from the sin. We can only do that by looking with eyes that God gives us. A different pair of eyes. Ones that are spiritual. We need to allow God to begin to work through us. We have to pass from death to life. Are you able to love others as Christ loves you? Or are you wanting to stay a blind, lying, murderer? Allow Jesus to change your heart and mind. He is holding out his hand as a gift. Accept his gift and allow him to bring you into the land of the living.

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