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How to Overcome the Hate of This World In Your Life

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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). 

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). 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).

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). So what is Satan’s personality?

The Bible describes Satan in three ways:

1. The tempter (Matthew 4:3)
2. The accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10)
3. The father of lies (John 8:44) )

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). 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). Isaiah the prophet wrote: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you!” (Isaiah 26:3). 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). 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). “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). 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?


  • sduckert

    This is such a relevant article. I always enjoy your writings Janet - Thanks!

  • Janet Treadway

    Thanks so much Suzanne for your kind words and comments. It sure is more relevant today more than ever. Thanks again

  • J G

    The comment was made: "How to Overcome the Hate of This World In Your Life"
    It is simple: just hate it, but that is easier said than done! Hate has its place. The hate of the wicked one and his world is evil. The carnal mind is enmity/hatred against God, and this world can't make itself subject to God's law (Rom 8:7; Jo 17:17).
    To hate that hate, that evil, is a fruit of God's Spirit and it s something that God (Eph 2:10) must give and produce within one's life. Huh?
    "Ye that LOVE the LORD, HATE evil..." Ps 97:10
    If one has that love, a fruit of God's Spirit, then one will hate evil. God’s workmanship is learning to hate evil!
    "The FEAR of the LORD is to HATE EVIL..." Pr 8:13
    If one has that fear, also a fruit of God's Spirit, then one will come to hate evil, pride, arrogancy, the evil way and the froward mouth.
    Without God's Spirit, one will not love God nor fear the LORD or hate evil or love the good (Amos 5:15)!
    "For it is God which WORKETH IN you both to WILL and TO DO of his good pleasure." Phil 2:13
    It is because of what God by His Son (I Cor 8:6) does WITHIN us that we learn to hate evil and, regardless of our age, we HAVE OVERCOME the wicked one (I Jo 2:13-14)!

  • Janet Treadway

    Thanks so much for adding your helpful comments.

  • Linda Keeney

    Good article for these times. If we don’t stop and think about The Way, it is so easy to get caught up in the attitude of the world. Thank you.

  • Janet Treadway

    Thanks Linda. It sure is easy but not healthy to the mind or the body,

  • Esther

    Was unable to post this to facebook, using google chrome. Tried numerous times. but it would not allow it.

  • Janet Treadway

    Sorry at the top on the right you can share it on Facebook.

  • Janet Treadway

    Hi Esther I think you can go to the bottom of the article and send it through Facebook. Thanks

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