By: Tim Sader
1 John 3:15
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
Last week we learned about what Jesus said concerning us making oaths and swearing to do things by what we cannot control. Instead of making a promise to God that we are going to do such and such we should keep our word so that our own yes or no will mean something and we won’t make the Lord look like a liar. By giving simple answers and speaking fewer words we sin less and are not guilty of making Him a liar and if we must say more then that then we need to work on keeping our own word more often. A Yes or No answer is best you are not guilty to anyone or anything but you and since you control yourself if you lie and are condemned it is your own sin and we can take it up with the Lord. Mankind has seen God move in many ways there is no greater than He so unlike Man what He promises to us will happen and nothing can reverse it. Man sometimes seems to say both yes and no we might say we would like to do something then the time to do that thing happens and we don’t do it for whatever reason. God cannot and will not do this He cannot lie so whatever the Lord says will happen just the way He said it would. God is the Amen or So Be It that means every promise He makes He said so be it to that promise He made so find the promises relevant to your life, stand on those promises because in Him the answer is Yes and Amen.
Just like God is not a liar he does not hate actually He loves us all the same so when we hate others we don’t have love in us and we cannot serve God who first loved us. Matthew 5:43-45 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” We are told here quite plainly not to hate anyone even our enemies Jesus said to love and pray for when they persecute us. By showing love even to those who deserve to be hated, who we consider to be ignorant, greedy, disgusting or nasty we show that our Daddy is God and He loves us all. God loves us all the same the sun rises everyday and life goes on for both the good and the bad He is not up there shaking His fist, no He loves us and all He wants is for us love instead of hate. Matthew 24:10-13 says, “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Recently I realized that we are in the days Christ is referring to and if they’re not my name is not Tim because these things are happening more than ever before. Today a high percentage of Christians are leaving the church and the faith due to conflicts among themselves. The wickedness in the world is bad and it is hard to love so the love of many is growing cold; hate is spreading like the plague and people are being deceived by all kinds of strange beliefs. Hatred, betrayal and wickedness are not part of Gods plan He wants us to stand firm in our love until the end when our salvation will be complete.
1 John 2:9, 11 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” Christ said that all who chose to follow Him are His brother or sister so every time we hate someone we are hating a brother or sister who Lord loves and wants to see in eternity. When we hate we are walking around blindly in darkness we do not know where we are going because we will not use the light that has been provided. Hate blinds us to the truth of Gods love just like flipping the switch on to see the light God is there waiting for us to turn on the love. Today’s verse 1 John 3:15 says, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” When we hate others we are in the early stages of murder if we hate someone bad enough for long enough it will lead us into hating more until we justify doing away with the target of our hate. Murder is one crime that we can never get away with if your caught doing it your hunted like a dog then put in a cage or buried. If you murder and are not caught you still never get away with it because from now on you got to watch your back, you are torched with blood stained hands then if you keep hating you might murder again until you are caught, dead or kill yourself when your hate makes you hate you. 1 John 4:20 says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” We cannot hate others if we claim to love God we can hate and say we love Him but we are liars because we cannot hate and love God to. When we don’t love others we are liars since we cannot love others how can we love God when we haven’t even seen Him. The God I serve is a God that loves everyone as equals He even loves us when we are lost in the darkness blinded by our own hate.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a spontaneous group discussion at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27