I am tired of haters. Watching a group of Americans stand united to promote discord and bigotry is revolting.
We are all created in the image of a holy God. We all bleed red. We are all sinners in need of a Savior.
Pride and animosity are tools of the enemy birthed in the pit of hell to keep us captive to our sin and brokenness.
It pains me deeply that the stain of bigotry still blackens the hearts of so many of my neighbors and continues to bludgeon those who’ve experienced malevolence for hundreds of years.
We should celebrate the beauty of God’s creation, rather than cry for cookie cutter commonality.
Celebrate the beauty of God’s creation, rather than cry for cookie cutter commonality.
How do I respond to vitriol and vindictiveness? All week long, I’ve wanted to curl up in the fetal position and cry “Jesus, fix this.” But He reminded me how He already laid down His life to overcome this hellishness.
We don’t need to preserve monuments or more marches. We need transformation. We need the Holy Spirit to do surgery in our stony hearts.
Only a supernatural work of God’s redemption can right the wrong we’ve created.
As I pressed in to Jesus this week for comfort and clarity, He reminded me how He experienced bigotry and hostility. He understands and offers hope to the hurting today. Jesus defied hatred to defeat hell.
The Savior who loves us and laid down His life for sinners is not surprised by hatred. He knew we’d experience this evil, and He provided a primer to show us how to defeat the enemy.
How to Respond to a Hater
Wisdom teaches us when to speak and when to stay silent. Our job is to continue extending grace, promoting peace and putting God’s Word into practice.
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16, NLT)
Follow the Spirit’s Leading
Don’t worry about how you will frame your response. The Spirit of the Resurrected Christ lives in you and will teach You what to say.
“When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20).
Refuse to Quit
Put perseverance into practice. Rather than rant and rave, rehearse God’s promises.
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)
Fear God Above All
Run toward righteousness and reverence your Redeemer. The world will witness your worship and see the wonder of God.
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
Acknowledge your total allegiance to the Savior. Use every opportunity to declare the Good News that Jesus gave His all to save us from our sins.
‘Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32, NKJV)
Die daily to your flesh. Crucify every carnal inclination.
“If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.” (Matthew 10:38, NLT)
Find small ways to Serve
Wash the feet of a hurting hater, and you may just help heal an open wound. Hospitality often turns foes into friends.
“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” (Matthew 10:42)
The love of Christ trumps hate and transforms hearts.
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