The Truth about Hate

The Truth about Hate

1 John 2:7-14

  1. Commandment – 1 John 2:7-8
  2. Condition – 1 John 2:9-11
  3. Confirmation – 1 John 2:12-14

“Hate can be expressed in two different ways. It can be active, in that we indulge in malicious talk or injurious actions toward another. We can strike them, or beat them, or throw our garbage over their fence, or mistreat them in some way. We can attack them, we can slander them behind their back. All these are active expressions of hate, and perhaps most of us think of hate only in this sense. But hate can also be expressed passively and still be hate. It can be expressed by indifference, by coldness, by isolation, by exclusion, unconcern for another. Someone has well said that indifference is the cruelest form of hate. You only need to read the Gospel records to see how true that is. What hurt our Lord most was not the active enmity of those who were trying to accomplish his death, but the coldness and indifference of those who once followed him yet turned aside from him and idly stood by as he was put to death.”

Ray Stedman

If God’s love has filled your heart, it will overflow in love towards others.

Five realities for true believers:

  1. Your sins have been forgiven
  2. You have a relationship with God
  3. You have overcome the evil one
  4. You are strong in the Lord
  5. God’s Word abides in you


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