June 12—Hatred

The word for today is hatred.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it’” (Gen. 4:6-7).

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).

“Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar” (2 Sam. 13:22).

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another” (Titus 3:3).

“The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. … But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:9, 11).

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15).

“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

“Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt” (Lev. 19:17).

Prayer: Lord, Your words in the sermon on the mount convict
my heart—“You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

See also: Gen. 27:41, 37:4-5, 8

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