Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:17-18)
Today's Morsel: At what point do Christians remove the word hate from their vocabulary when it comes to people? Granted, there are things that we should hate, even God hates some things. He hates things such as "A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren" (Proverbs 6:17-19). But when it comes to people, God loves them. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). And God tells us that we should not hate our brother in our heart, but love them. I have come to realize that the measuring stick for how much we love our neighbor is found in how much we love ourselves. It is impossible to love others until we learn to love ourselves.
Sing: Well, you're my brother, you're my sister, so take me by the hand, together we will work until He comes, there's no foe that can defeat us, when we're walking side by side, as long as there is love we can stand.
Thought for Today: Who is your neighbor?