by Keith Bellamy
We were never taught to hate. If we had even mistreated an animal, we would have been disciplined. We were always encouraged to treat everyone the same.
I remember the song, “Jesus loves the little children.” There is a real message in that song. “All are precious in His sight!” How true that is.
But then again there those people who are hateful. They are bitter. They spew hate out of their mouths and they are like acid. They eat away at everything and everyone.
Someone said, “A toxic person will never change; they just change victims and blame everything on everybody else.” Could that be true?
The people I read about who helped the early church grow were not hateful people. They tried to practice what Jesus taught. I’m sure they were not perfect, but they tried.
Please consider the following scriptures.
John 13:35: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)
1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (NIV)
1 John 4:7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (NIV)