While I was listening to the radio, an advertisement came on, advertising softener and encouraging people to go to the website: “I hate my softener.” I found the word hate being used with softener a little crazy but humorous. Nevertheless, I am not surprised when we live in such a hate-filled world. Because of so much hate in our world today, there is even a website for people to go to who hate their softener.
The advertisement may seem a bit humorous, but the reality is we are in dangerous times. Hate is coming from everywhere! People demanding their rights or they will destroy anything in their path. Jesus warned, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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Hate is even on the news broadcast! News is no longer news anymore. The news is filled with so much hate—filled with accusers; it is so bad I have had to turn it off.
We see hate toward God and anyone who tries to live God’s way. It is hate toward leadership, which is the opposite of what God commands us to do: “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 1 Timothy 2:1-2 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
American King James Version×). Sadly, humankind has become lovers of themselves.
Paul warned Timothy: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 2 Timothy 3:1-4 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
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This spirit all comes from the deceiver, Satan! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
American King James Version×). So what is Satan’s personality?
The Bible describes Satan in three ways:
1. The tempter (Matthew 4:3 Matthew 4:3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
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2. The accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10 Revelation 12:10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
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3. The father of lies (John 8:44 John 8:44You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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Satan’s forces are at work attempting to pollute our minds with lies and hatred to keep us from walking in the truth.
How do we escape that hate-filled attitude of Satan?
1. Stop watching and listening to hate-filled programs
As I stated earlier I have had to stop watching the news because I know that the spirit is one of hate for the most part. Ask yourself: Do they practice truthfulness by getting the facts first and going to that person in private first, as God commanded us to do? Does the program produce good fruit? Paul listed the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
American King James Version×). Living this passage daily eliminates hatred!
2. Look for the best in others and treat others the way you would like to be treated
Look outwardly instead of inwardly. Giving to others takes away hate. It gives you a completely different spirit. Audrey Hepburn once said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” This kind of attitude eliminates hatred.
3. Ask God for peace
“ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
American King James Version×). Isaiah the prophet wrote: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you!” (Isaiah 26:3 Isaiah 26:3You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.
American King James Version×). We know that the world does not give us peace, but God will if we ask Him and keep our minds on Him. Peace eliminates hatred.
4. Guard your mind against negativity in your thinking
“ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things … and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9 Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
American King James Version×). Positive thinking eliminates hatred!
5. Be thankful
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:21 Romans 1:21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
American King James Version×). “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15 Philippians 2:14-15 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;
American King James Version×). Being thankful is actually good for your health. Being thankful eliminates hatred!
It is ok to dislike your softener. However, the word hate has become a favorite word used these days that defines the state of the world—a world filled with so much hate that it has become a dangerous place to live.
We know what Satan is like. We also know how we feel when we are caught up in Satan’s vile hatred. To fight this spirit of Satan, we must be close to God! Pray to God for His Spirit to be stirred up within us! Pray that God will give us a completely different heart—a spirit of peace, which is opposite of hate.
Always ask yourself, is this of God or of Satan?