As I read the news stories about a man who plowed his car into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wondered how people could be filled with so much hate. It seems that the whole world is boiling over with hatred. Here in the U.S. hatred seems to be part of our everyday life. During this past election season, there was so much hate shown by both sides against those they disagree with. My social media feeds continue to be filled with hate filled articles and posts.
People who hate are not cut from the cloth of God’s family. God’s children have been rescued from, transformed from the anger of our own weakness. Christ loves us because we are His children – whether we obey or not. When we love Him, then He can give us the ability to obey and to love others as He loves us. If we hate others, even our enemies, we are in need of God’s grace and transformation. How can we hate those who Jesus gave his life for.
John 3:16,17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.