Some of the ways that we hurt ourselves are quick and painful. Some things that we, intentionally or unintentionally, to ourselves can very quickly cause great pain, great damage, and great hurt to us, to others, to so many relationships.
But, not all the things that hurt us are fast. Some are slow. Some are a slow death. In 1 John 3, John talks a lot about love, about being there for each other, about helping each other out in whatever way that we can.
But then, he says these words in 1 John 3:14-15:
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Hating others is a slow death. It’s so slow, you may not even know that you are dying. You may be unaware of the pain that you causing to yourself, and the pain that you are causing to the relationships in your life.
When you hate, when you don’t forgive, when you hold things against others, when you allow pain to turn into hate, you are slowly, but surly, dying a slow death.
The only way to live, to know peace, is this. Forgive. Let God. Give it God. Allow His grace to take away the hurt, the pain, the loss, everything. Allow His grace to wash over you.
Allow His grace to make all things new in your life. Allow to allow you to forgive.
Allow it to allow you to love.
aWhen we hate, we die a slow death. Today, may we be truly alive.
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