TODAY'S MANNA for Thursday May 21, 2020
Don’t Hate People
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 97:10 New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Do not hate people, hate only the evil they do!
Ask yourself this question: Do I hate people, or do I just hate the evil they do and represent? Hate is a bold and powerful emotion as well as just a word . We must not hate people, but we are to hate evil. It's a tough combination to pull off, but absolutely vital to our faith. Evil is here because of the evil one -- the champion of hate, lies, and death (Satan). So when evil rears its ugly head, let's be courageous and oppose Satan and his work. God’s Word says we already have the victory over the devil through Jesus. We just have to realize that and then walk it out in life. In the process, let's pray for those trapped in Satan's tentacles, even if they consider us enemies. Pray for those who’s lifestyles are immoral and who practice homosexuality and lesbianism. Pray that God will have mercy on them and show them the correct way, but don’t hate them. This is what God directs in His Word. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:44-45
Almighty God, make my heart grieved by the evil in my world. Give me the power to be strong against those things opposed to your will and your character. Yet Father, just as You redeemed me by grace, and rescued me while I was a captive to sin, give me courage to care about those who are in the evil one's embrace. Grace me Lord to pray for those who are despitefully used by the evil one, help me to heap coals of fire upon their heads and help them to see your light. Through my Savior, Jesus, I pray.
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