Do You Hate a Particular People Group?

The skit above is meant to be funny, but so many people hate a particular race or type of person. I’m not just talking dislike. They literally hate. 

Here is what God has to say about hate: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (‭‭I John‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬). That is strong! How can the love of God and hatred exist in the same heart? I know that some of us struggle with this. If you can hate someone or several people and not think twice about it, God (not Matthew) says that you do not have eternal life in you. You might say, “But I prayed ‘the prayer'”. Does saying the Pledge of Allegiance make you American? Obedience to God’s Word is the proof in the pudding. 

If you are struggling with hate in your heart toward someone, give it to the Lord. Lay it at His feet. Ask Him to fill your heart full of His love. Start praying for that person. Eventually, you will come to the point where you have gained victory over that hate. Are you ready to know the freedom of being hate-free?

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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