The only hatred that can ever hurt us is the hatred that we harbor in our hearts toward another. Love and fear or hatred can never co-exist. Matthew 5:44, 46 reads “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” The Bible also tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, but that would be impossible if there is hatred there. Today, I will be alert to my thoughts and correct any and all ungodlike thoughts I may have toward another. I choose joy!
While working with the story of “Goliath” this morning, I am reminded of the many Goliaths in the world today. They usually are large and scary looking and may come in the guise of a disease or lack of finances or relationship problems. But, as David knew, the battle is always God’s and certainly should be scary if we think it is ours. David never compared himself to Goliath, but knew there was no comparison to God.
1 Samuel 17:45,46 says “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;”
Today I will trust God with everything.