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February 16, 2021 2:00 am
Hatred can flow in two directions: toward you and from you. In Scripture, Jesus showed us what to do about both. In the message “Jesus Loves Haters,” Skip shares how you can stop hate from developing in you.
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The Scripture in your head but no love in your heart be said of some of us if the Scripture in your head. You know that Bible you quoted you read it you even though the original language as their love is that no seated Jesus attitudes are more important than aptitudes. My Andrews. This caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not sold one yet today on connect with Skip hides Skip shares for you can break that may be built up inside. Right now we want to tell you about a resource that will help you know God's love more intimately. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus loves the devout and the doubters priests and prostitutes.
The disease and the depressed Jesus just loves people all people, no matter what their past or their present. Sadly, sometimes it's the people who need love the most. Feel the most rejected even by the church.
But Jesus loves all people shouldn't leave. We want to help you grasp God's relentless love for people by sending you the complete booklet. Jesus loves people collection my Skip I think these booklets look to Scripture to demonstrate Jesus's love for people from every walk of life. Yet all four Jesus loves people titles including Jesus loves the broken and Jesus loves addicts when you give the gift of $25 or more today to help expand this Bible teaching outreach to give all 800-922-1888, or give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer Matthew chapter 5 in Luke chapter 9 into the message with Skip Heitzig. Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, let's consider those. Bless those who curse you, we know what that means means don't retaliate.
Don't think of something nice and juicy as I come back to throw their way. What is Proverbs 15 one. Tell us a soft answer turns away wrath but harsh words stir up anger.
So the choice is yours.
What you want you want the wrath to be turned away or do you want to be stirred up with a choose a tone of voice a comeback that is commensurate with that and result soft answer turns away wrath.
Harsh words stir up anger. It is our natural inclination whenever we are verbally attacked to attack back. It's amazing isn't it. We can think in a millisecond when we get attacked verbally. We can think clearly of the best comeback. All this would just cut them off at the knees and it's right there right on the tip of the tongue. I just could release it. Don't do it don't do it. I thought a interesting study from Kenyon College and they they admitted to the fact that when somebody shouts the person who shouted at will almost always respond with a shout as loud or louder than the first, and at the tone of voice. In response can be measured by the tone. It was initially given to so they did all this just one little studies and they said at the end of it.
You can use this scientific knowledge to keep another person from becoming angry. Control the other person's tone of voice by your own voice. Studies have proven that if you keep your voice soft you will not become angry. Psychology is accepted as scientific. The old biblical injunction which says a soft answer turns away wrath, so I tried this a few years ago. Somebody call me on the phone very angry very irate not just attacking things.
But attacking me personally and he was. His voice was raising so I just decided I'm in a try this and I tried to speak in a very soft humble tone apologizing.
If I offended him in any way by the end of the conversation. It was absolutely amazing he said softly. You're right.
You been right all along.
In this issue. You have acted honorably, and I have not. I hung up the phone and I thought Macy what the Bible says God's work. So you bless those who curse you, that's how you respond with love. Notice the second thing the Lord says, do good to those who hate you know. Just think about this. Can you think of somebody who's antagonistic toward you. Just every time you're around them at work or in the family that's that person hanging what if you were to do good.
Let me throw something at what if you were to send them a gift. I know you're thinking. Are you nuts send them a gift. I actually gave this advice to a dear woman in our church. She has a coworkers very antagonistic and says she told me what she said and I said send her a gift and she looked to me like what I said send your gift with a note that says you know we got off on the on the wrong foot. Let let's let's try this from the start.
Look, let's do this again is due it over and I've actually made this a practice when there been people in my life where there's deep tensions that mount sometimes I would just send a gift with a note of encouragement or congratulations oh I'm thinking about you and praying for. It is amazing what that does the Bible and thought Proverbs 18 says a man's gift makes room for him. I love how one person thought he said love your enemies, it will drive them crazy. It will and you also turn them around. The final thing Jesus said is pray for them, pray for them. He says pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you this. What I discovered is very very hard to keep someone on your hit list. Once you place them on your prayer list.
You just can't harbor ill feelings when you're praying for them on a regular basis. You may not change them. You may not change their attitude toward you, but it will change the way you feel about them.
You will change the way you feel if you don't do this if you don't love.
If you don't forgive, if you don't bless your enemies if you don't pray for them. What you'll find is you have an enemy now inside of you worse than the enemy outside enemies like anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, and those things will grow and you'll find that the enemy on the outside is nothing compared to the enemy on the inside and then here are filled with all of this bitterness and hatred and anger because you been hated on now, you become just like them. No difference.
So Jesus response is respond with love when hatred is directed to you respond with love and in so doing, you represent the God of love verse 45 that you may be the sons of your father in heaven, for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good he sends rain on the just and on the unjust. You know when you are the hater you are showing what family you belong to you. The old adage, like father like son some time ago I was talking to a young man in our church.
I watch them grow grow up. But I'm talking to him as a grown-up, and what struck me is how much like his father. He was in a good way tone of voice, the way he gave eye contact, body, mannerisms, I thought, he's like a spitting image, almost maybe not physically but in other ways personality. I can see the resemblance. I love the idea that we could be around people and they could say you must be a believer in Christ item and tell me that last night is that I'm walking to my work in a couple people stop me and said are you a Christian, they could just tell he said by the way I've acted. I suppose my demeanor, I suppose I've always loved the story about a woman who was walking in the downtown section of a large city, and she noticed a little boy peering through the window. He is obviously very poor, ill clad shoes all beat up so she took the young man inside. She got a bucket of water and a towel and washed his feet and bought him, not one but six pairs of shoes with socks was about to send him on his way when she was about to leave, she felt the tug at her coat and it was a little boy looking up saying are you God's wife just is gotta be some relation between you and God. The way you have acted. Love gives you a way it lets people know it tells people.
You are related to God. Jesus said by this shall all men know that you are my disciples by the love you have for another. I know this is not new information to you. I know I'm Capt. obvious right now you have heard all of this stuff before but sometimes in Bible study is not just about heard that before. I want some new information. Sometimes we need transformation by just doing the old stuff.
And Jesus said by this shall all men know you are my disciples by the love you have one for another. See the world doesn't care what bumper stickers you have. I've never yet ridden in a car with an unbeliever who set look at that Christian bumper sticker. I'm impressed.
Never had that happen every market, but I've never had them like wow see those things are frosts.
They tell us that all believers driving the car. Nothing wrong with bumper stickers, but they don't impress the world and are cool, clever sayings are Christian T-shirts don't impress them either, but it's a what will impress them is once you let them know your disciple and you show genuine love to them see even the unbeliever understands enough of the Bible. The Christians are to love and one of the biggest complaints toward Christians is that we don't always live out our faith where to live it out by love. So if hatred is directed toward you respond with love and thereby represent the God of love. Now let's turn the page. Let's look at Luke's gospel chapter 9.
Now we look at a whole different kind of hatred it's not you, it's not toward you. It's from within the you you are developing attitudes toward others that are unhealthy and hateful. If hatred is developed in you.
Luke chapter 9 beginning at verse 51. Now it came to pass, when the time to come for him to be received up, he Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face.
And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for him, but they did not receive him, because his face was set for the journey to Jerusalem when the disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did. But he turned and rebuked them, and said you do not know what manner of spirit you are of the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them. This to me is one of the more human and even more humorous stories in the New Testament. Two of his disciples. In fact, inner circle apostles James and John are Peter, James and John and what's surprising to me is that you know this isn't Thomas or Judas saying this is James and John the apostle of love. It sort of like what you discover that sweet aunt Susie appears swears you go Susie I go to James and John, and other sort of like on the God squad. Now there like the Galilean Mafia and I believe it's because of this story that we read that Jesus gives them a nickname. Some of you know what it is. It's in Mark chapter 3 when a list is given of the apostles, and they are given the nickname the sons of what thunder sons of thunder. Why because of this suggestion.
Let's look the village in Jesus name.
You do need to know a little bit of the background there had been for centuries. A prejudice against the Samaritans by the Jews and vice a versa. There been a long-standing rivalry all all going back to the time of King Solomon when the kingdom split and Jeroboam put a golden calf in Samaria, and way up north.
Further up north and then I was compounded years later in 722 BC, when the Assyrians took over the land, repopulating it with foreigners from other captured countries so that those left over Jews would intermarry with those foreign people in the bloodline was now polluted complicated by the fact that when the Jews return down south to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple and the Samaritans offered to help the Jews in Jerusalem said no, you're not can help us. That was the great divide. So what happens is the Samaritans build a rival temple.
Think of it like cult worship on their own mountain mountaineer Azeem and so Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, the center of Jewish worship. He is not staying much there. He has a goal to fulfill.
But the Samaritans pick up on the body language and he's not here to worship at our place.
She's going to Jerusalem like the Jews do, so they stopped him picking up on that. The two disciples said let's kill him. How does Jesus handle it and and how must we handle it or how should somebody handle us if we are haters. There's three ways that I see in this text.
First of all, your words must be rebuked immediately Jesus, here's what they said and he said he turned around and he rebuked them. Revelation 3 Jesus says as many as I love I rebuke and I chase I think about this Samaritan worship was false worship. It was cultic worship. It was dishonoring to God but the disciples words were destructive to the people. God loves so they get rebuked. You can't force people into your belief system and just saying those words would influence, and in fact the other 10 apostles who were there. Yes, rejecting Christ, is sinful. Rejecting Christ is shameful, but hating people for his reprehensible so there words were were rebuked in your words must be as well. If this comes from you, I found something in the journal I was looking at from the British Royal Navy. They have a regulation in the British Royal Navy that says and I quote no officer shall speak discouraging lady to another officer in the discharge of his duties. In other words, if somebody violates by speaking something wrong. They are rebuked by somebody else in the Navy and hateful speech should be met with rebuke somebody says something who's a believer, a brother or sister, and it's it's wrong.
It's hate. Them and say it's not okay for you to say that maybe they've never had that happen before, but this is not okay to do that. That's okay for you to say that if that happens in Leviticus chapter 19 I quoted just a portion of it. Here's the rest you shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. In other words, don't hold it in, get it out and carry it with you if there's a rebuke that is needed do it. Your words must be rebuked second, your attitude must be checked. If you're a hater yet to deal with the attitude Jesus says you do not know what manner of spirit you are of you work with this. You boys you got good memories, all you remember what the Bible says in second Kings chapter 1 that Elijah called fire down from heaven good memory and you remember all of the animosity and bitter resentment and prejudice between the Jews and the Samaritans for centuries. Good memory. You boys have a great memory but you have a bad motive you got the scripture in your head but no love in your heart that beset of some of us here, the scripture in your head. You know that Bible you call it, you read it you even though the original language deserve love in your heart that accompanies that knowledge exceeded Jesus attitudes are more important than aptitudes.
Even if you could call fire down from heaven, Jesus and go wow you can do that.
Wow, I'm impressed, even if they had that aptitude. Their attitude was wrong. Listen your attitude is the rudder that controls everything in your life, what you say and what you do. I'm convinced that life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond I know that 10% can get gnarly sometimes but I'm convinced that every day you and I have a choice to wake up and face the day with an attitude and we make a choice that is all important. Check your attitude when you're dealing with somebody that person just an inconvenience to see in the way or she in the way or is that a bad person or are you viewing those irregular people as opportunities for you to grow. Check your attitude third thing and final thing in the story your prejudice at some point needs to be surrendered to God.
Whatever prejudice you have toward someone has to be let go and surrender to God's purpose. Verse 56 Jesus says, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them. Can you understand that James and John were at this point, blinded by their prejudice and their prejudice blinded them from seeing what God's purpose was for the Samaritans was a purpose. Jesus said it to save them to save them but were told in second Peter God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God's purpose for people always always always trumps our prejudice toward people. Prejudice is the seedbed of hatred whenever we meet somebody.
This is human nature. We all do this, but we have to we have to check our attitude in this we need someone we usually size them up in our heads with what they're wearing.
How they do their hair and we make certain assessments well-to-do not so well-to-do good dresser bad dresser white person Hispanic person black person homosexual person, dishonest person about this trip. All that away. That's just a person that is just a person created in the image of God, and God has a purpose for that life and you surrender your prejudices to the purpose of God and you start looking at people differently. Let's ask ourselves or my prejudices standing in the way of God's purpose for someone else or my words standing in the way of God's purposes for someone else is my attitude standing in the way of God's purpose for someone else. Now here's what's most interesting to me. James and John make the suggestion Jesus rebukes them says what he says they go to another village. I'm going got out of town just in the nick of time and his wife by the time we get to acts chapter 8, we find John and Peter in Samaria preaching the gospel to the Samaritans and a revival breaks out in Samaria. What would happen if they were the new that village there be no Samaritans to hear the gospel and be saved. God's purpose would've been totally eliminated so they had learned their lesson because one of these two shows up in this town sometime later and gives the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. So you may be hated know I'll rephrase that you will be hated but don't you be a hater because if you are will find a bigger enemy inside of you that is insatiable and will grow and grow and take over others, and I hate you, but they won't win unless you hate them back in the moment you do. They one.
So blessed I am that gift.
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