MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Love doesn’t come natural. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother…Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”
1 John 3:11-12, 15 (NLT2)
LOVING PEOPLE DIFFERENT THAN ME ISN’T NATURAL
A woman testified to the transformation in her life that had resulted through her experience in conversion. She declared, “I’m so glad I got religion. I have an uncle I used to hate so much I vowed I’d never go to his funeral. But now, why, I’d be happy to go to it any time.”
We are all born with a sinful nature that is prone to comparison and hatred. The only way to defeat our sinful nature is to accept new life in Christ. 1 John is teaching that the person who has spiritual life doesn’t hate or destroy physical life. Cain’s sinful nature made it almost impossible for him to love Abel. Jesus also compared hatred to the sin of murder.
Are you saying that if someone commits a murder they can never be saved? No, I am saying that if someone continues with a murderous heart, they’re not saved, right? Paul was a murderer, was he not? Didn’t he persecute and kill Christians? He says, “I was a blasphemer and a murderer.” But he repented and was forgiven.
Who are the people that aren’t like you who you struggle to love? Do you struggle with hatred in your heart? The only way to have God’s love for people different than us is to experience new life in Christ. Follow the Apostle Paul’s example and repent and place your faith in Christ.
Thank God for giving you a new nature. Ask Him to help you live out that new nature when you are dealing with people who aren’t like you.