The Foolishness Of Hatred – By Pastor Dan Reed | Manna For Your Day

Dr. Dan Reed was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951. He was saved at the Woodland Avenue Baptist Church in 1973 while studying engineering at Auburn University. Sensing the call to preach in 1973 he enrolled at Tennessee Temple College under the ministry of Dr. Lee Roberson. Finishing his B.A. in December of 1975 he was called to Emden, Missouri , a town of 61, to pastor the Community Baptist Church. Pastor Reed has started two churches and two Christian schools during his 33-year ministry. He is currently the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Acworth, Georgia. (Learn more about Dr. Reed HERE)

THE FOOLISHNESS OF HATRED

Scripture Reading: Genesis 16:4,5Genesis 16:4,5
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4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.  

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, Luke 18:9Luke 18:9
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9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: that...: or, as being righteous  

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, Proverbs 11:12Proverbs 11:12
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12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. void...: Heb. destitute of heart  

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Text: Proverbs 11:12Proverbs 11:12
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12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. void...: Heb. destitute of heart  

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“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”

The book of Proverbs is a contrast between wisdom and foolishness. Solomon says that a man who hates or despises his neighbor is foolish, or lacks wisdom. I think it was Booker T. Washington who said, “No man shall so degrade my soul as to make me hate him.” Hatred, which is another word for “despise,” brings the one hating to a much lower level than the one he hates. The main reason people hate, Solomon says, is that they lack wisdom. Really it is our selfishness which causes us to despise someone. When someone does not respond to us the way we think they should, when they treat us in a way we perceive as disrespect or disdain, or maybe they just neglect us and pay us no mind at all, then we tend to despise them. We are the center of our universe and we tend to judge people not by who they are but by how they treat us! Solomon goes on to say here that a man of understanding is silent when people do things that offend him. The reason he is silent is because he knows people and understands first, I am no better than anyone else, and second, if someone mistreats me, they deserve my pity and my prayer, maybe my instruction, but not my hatred. What is that wisdom that keeps us from despising others?

(1) We are all made in God’s image- Every human being is made in God’s image and thus, his differences are put there by God. To despise another human being is to despise God. Should the rabbit despise the turtle because it is much slower? Should the giraffe despise the deer because it cannot  reach as high? “Who art thou that judgeth another man’s servant, to his own master he standeth or falleth.”(Romans14:4) We must judge right and wrong, of course, but we must never despise another human being made in God’s image.

(2) Another reason people despise others is because they have a false standard of righteousness. Jesus told the parable of the self righteous Pharisee and the publican to those who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” The Pharisees had set up a false standard of righteousness. Jesus said about them, “they say and do not.” They were hypocrites. Hypocrisy loads men with guilt which causes people to be cruel to each other. A man who is dirty already doesn’t mind getting dirtier. People who live with perpetual guilt because they have set up a standard they themselves do not keep are usually very hard on other people, even despising them.

(3) Jealousy causes people to despise each other. Hagar despised Sarai after she conceived because she was jealous. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Scripture says, “Who can stand before envy.” Jealousy caused Saul to chase David like a hound for ten years. At times Saul wanted to repent but could not because, “Who can stand before envy.” Jealousy caused Cain to murder Abel because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected his. The Pharisees delivered up Jesus because of envy.  Jealousy causes hatred and according to Jesus, hatred is the root of murder (Matthew 5:21,22Matthew 5:21,22
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21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: by: or, to 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Raca: that is, Vain fellow  

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If there is anyone in this world you despise, it shows you lack understanding! I am not commanded in the Bible to like everybody, but I am commanded to love even my enemies. To love my enemies means I must treat them biblically!

Questions to Ponder

1. The scripture says that Saul “eyed David from that day forward.” What does that mean and what caused Saul’s jealousy and resentment of David? (I Samuel 18)

2. How do we conquer the emotion of jealousy? I Thessalonians 5:18

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Originally posted 2011-05-03 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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