3. Feb, 2017

No to Hate yes to Love.

Hatred is such a terrible burden upon people as it can close off the mind to the things of God and condemns people to live in darkness.  [1 John 2:11] Hatred, according to Yeshua is the same as to murder [Matthew 5:21-22] as hatred is like a double-edged sword. While with one swing it cuts down one person the back swing is destroying the person with the sword. Such hatred is what took Yeshua to the cross, such hatred is what has destroyed countless lives down through the ages. Such hatred caused untold suffering in Europe from 1933 until 1945. It is this sort of hatred that saw six million Jewish people die just because they were Jewish.

Yes, disagree with something but keep our emotions in check before we become guilty of the very thing the Word warns us against, and that’s not to sin [Ephesians 4:26] we are told, good advice. I once wrote about righteous anger, which caused a few deep breaths, as I could not see how this was justified through scripture. Yes correct, I did get the comment but Yeshua got angry. [Matthew 21:12] My reply was we are not Yeshua. I think Job got a little annoyed about his situation and in the end did God say he was justified? No He told him to behave, as he was not God. [Job 38:4] No doubt someone will come up with situation where they will say, but what if? I agree there may be a time that we get angry but it should never turn to hate.

As a non-Christian we may feel anything goes and there is no reason to be concerned, but as Believers this is not so as we come to realise there is a consequence to all our actions. [Job 34:33] We are answerable to a higher power at all times and in all things. [Job 34:23] Yeshua is our example and nobody has ever had reason to be angrier than our Lord and Saviour had or has. Yeshua stood looking over Jerusalem and wept [Luke 19:41] because of the turning from the Father in that place. So just imagine how the Lord Almighty feels now with so many of His followers going their own way. [Acts 28:27]

I truly believe we are being given one last chance to follow His commands, the One who was, is and who is to come, [Revelation 1:8] the One who will return for His bride. [Revelation 19:7] There is a hatred that is sweeping the world even in the Church, hatred for people from the newly conceived to the old, from the Gentile to the Jewish. People are looking for someone to blame for their condition and the nearest or the weakest are the easiest to blame. Darkness in many forms is sweeping the world but this darkness can never and never will overcome the one true light, the Light of Yeshua. [John 1:5]

So now it is time to choose to whom we will give our lives [Joshua 24:15] and where we will store up our treasure. [Matthew 6:20] If we choose the world and hate, then Yeshua died for nothing.  If we choose to follow the Prince of Peace [Isaiah 9:6] surely then all hate should be a thing of the past as we live a life in the shadow of the cross and the empty tomb. Remember each nail was a symbol of our sin, a sin that Yeshua took upon Himself. [Romans 5:8]

When you walk into the Garden Tomb near the Old City of Jerusalem, the one thing that strikes you as you enter this garden is the total peace. A peace you can almost feel and which is very contagious as you walk through the garden and stand at the door of the tomb and read ‘He is not here, He has risen’. [Matthew 28:6]

Did Yeshua the Messiah die for both Jew and Gentile for nothing or did He die to bring peace to the soul? Oh yes Yeshua said there would be division because of Him [Matthew 10:34] but I am sure He was talking of those who want to reject the message and not those who have accepted it. Hatred is not of God, as He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. [Ezekiel 33:11] As a believer in Yeshua I truly believe any thoughts that take us out of the will of God should never cross our minds. [2 Corinthians 10:5]

People have said to me if the Lord is not coming today why do I have to worry? We are reminded of the rich man who was sure of his future but the Lord said today your life would be demanded of you. [Luke 12:20] From this we can see that our lives could end at any time. Can we stand in the presence of the Lord with hate in our hearts? Can we stand in the presence of the Lord with unforgiveness held in our hearts? [Psalm 24:3-4] As I have said the most vile hatred that has absolutely no logical explanation is the hatred of the Jewish people as has happened in the past and is once more sweeping across the globe. Every protest we see on TV no matter what country it occurs in, Israel always seems to be the villain, why? There are always PLO flags flying, there are always anti-Jewish chants from people with their faces covered.

The cry of the PLO is from the river to the sea it will all be theirs. And we will fly our flag from every Synagogue and Church in Jerusalem; well they already fly it over a Bible College in Bethlehem.  And, in the words of a Hamas man in the Old City of Jerusalem to my wife Penny when she said we should love our neighbour. His answer? “It is not your BUSINESS TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR.” Sad as it is, hatred is ruling many lives today.

Is the Lord returning? The Word says He will. [Acts 1:11] Will He come when we least expect Him to? [Luke 12:40] The word says He will. Will He find people behaving as they did at the time of Noah? [Luke 17:26] If there is hatred in the world remember, they hated Yeshua first [John 15:18] and without cause. [Psalm 35:7] It is time to ask God’s forgiveness for the silence we have created around the problems facing the Jewish people and the silence we have in our own lives towards the Word of God. There is a judgment coming and ignorance of the commandments of God will not be an answer. [Romans 14:12] We have had the Bible available to us for long enough not to read what is expected of us.

Without Yeshua in our hearts there can be hatred and unforgiveness but with Yeshua there is only forgiveness and repentance and acceptance to what the Lord may be doing. As we love to be forgiven for our mistakes let us forgive all who make mistakes against us. [Matthew 6:12] And love as Yeshua loved and forgive as Yeshua forgave and be at peace as we live a life walking with the Prince of Peace and leave the darkness and live in the light.  

 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-9