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Hating on people is pointless…
…because God is a merciful God. Hatred is one of the greatest distractions ever. That’s what I believe in, or at least that’s what the bible says. I remember my freshman years in high school. Those were turbulent moments in my life. A young and naive guy, I had very few friends. I remember those difficult moments when my teacher, backed by a few colleagues, would make fun of me. This would make me cry inside. As a Christian, the only thing I would do was to weep and call upon God. To tell you the truth, God heard me, and he did answer my prayer. I was never put to shame and I graduated with one of the best grades in my school. What’s more, I did better than all those who ever teased me, why, because I asked God to do so. From thence, I realized this fundamental Character of God: He is a prayer answering God and will answer the distressed and all those who call upon him. That’s why it’s pointless to hate on people. Hating on them will only cause them to call upon God to intervene, and he sure will. In fact, he will act more quickly than you think. There are several biblical examples.
Have you thought of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, who was provoked by her rival to conceive? Hannah would have never incited God to intervene on her behalf if her rival had not teased her. According to the bible, her rival provoked her to the point where she was bitter in the heart and wept sore (1 Samuel 1:10). This caused her to call upon Jehovah. Indeed, the bible says she poured out her soul onto Jehovah. As a just God, Jehovah heard her prayer and provided her with a son. I seriously doubt Hannah would have been motivated to call upon God if she was not mocked. There are several other examples in the bible I can’t help but list. Talk bout Hagar (who wept and called upon God on behalf of Ishmael, her son, after she was sacked from Abraham’s home), David (who called upon God to deliver him when he was betrayed by Ahithophel and Absalom), and Elisha (who called upon God to send bears to kill the children who were teasing him).
I could go on and on, however I want to keep this post short. Personally, I think the examples above are convincing enough to prevent anyone from hating; after all carnal humans don’t want their enemies to succeed. I however have a better reason why you should not hate on anyone. Never hate on anyone because Jesus says don’t do so.
“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Mathew 5:44
When Jesus said this, he really meant it and I also mean it. Never pray for the downfall of others, whether friends or enemies. Never ever tease anyone also, because you never know when you’ll need him or her. The fact that Christ died for us summarizes the lifestyle every Christian should live: A life of love. Any Christian who therefore doesn’t know how to love has terribly failed.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (I John 4:8 NIV)
“Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” (I John 3:15)
The two verses above sum it all. If you have something against someone, the last thing to do is to hate on him or her, it will send you to hell! Hatred is a distraction from hell! This is a serious thing. Also, hating on others will only propel them more forward. With that said, hating others simply put is harming yourself. If people only knew this, they would never hate on anyone. The best thing to do when you’ve got a problem with someone is to present your case before God, and he will surely speak on your behalf. Hating on people is pointless. What do you think?
Yaw Ansong Jr is a Christian entrepreneur with the personal vision and mission of sharing the gospel via modern technology. He is the founder and CEO of LoveRealm Ministry