Women of a New Season: Where is the love?

Psalm 89: 7:  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints. And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.  

Lately I’ve noticed that hatred is growing at an unbelievable speed.  People hate politicians, yet God tells us in His Word to pray for them.  One race hates another, some men hate women and some women hate men.  Others hate animals and still others hate those who love animals.  It’s hard to understand where all this hatred is coming from.  (Of course we realize the enemy of our soul is behind this abundance of discord).

The Bible states: “They will know we are Christians by our love.”  We should make sure that our love is showing when we speak to others.

Ask yourself if your love shows.  We are out and about around town a lot and we can’t help but hear snippets of conversation. In truth, we hear a lot of good talk, but every now and then we hear vicious gossip being spoken in loud angry voices.

The world is full of haters and as Christians we must be very careful not to be a part of it. Remember that the Bible tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue.  We don’t want to use our tongues to destroy others.  We also don’t want to let our mindset destroy anyone, including ourselves.

Narrow mindedness can blind us to the truth of God’s love. Try to look at every issue with an open mind.  Your way of seeing things may seem like the only way, but it doesn’t hurt to try to at least think of the other person’s point of view before dismissing it.  The Bible says, “There is a way which seems right to man, but the end of it brings death.”

As pastors it’s hard to please people.  Some like hymns only in worship service, others like only contemporary music.  It’s okay to like different things, but it should never cause hate. Yet I have had people speak hatefully to others over music, or some other church issue.

Many people feel hatred toward things they don’t understand, because the unknown brings fear and fear breeds hatred.  It seems easier for them to just close off their minds and let misunderstandings or lack of understanding  cause ill feelings and eventually hatred.

In some churches a few people who have been there for years want to control the church.  They hate the pastor, they don’t even want new people to come in because that might threaten their power of being in charge.  How do they keep them out?  Through hatred.  

We saw a church split once over carpet color.  Not just a disagreement but an all out hateful tirade.  Once I saw a man come across a table to try to hit the pastor because the video being shown on marriage portrayed his own bad behavior toward his wife.

Do you really believe that hate filled people will be welcomed into the gates of heaven?  Of course not. If you are among those of us who call ourselves Christians, then please remember, “They will know we are Christians by our love.

Proverbs 31: 26:  She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Let’s strive to show our love to others. As the song says, what the world needs now is love sweet love.  Until next time!

You may contact Paula at 304-677-9220 for speaking engagements and Bible studies.


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