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Hidden Hatred

Is there anyone in your life to whom you cannot speak peaceably? That is a symptom of hatred. Giving someone the silent treatment can fit there as well. Have you lied to someone? That is also a symptom of hatred. Those things are not the fruit of the Spirit. We may be able to hide our hatred from others and even ourselves, but we cannot hide it from God. Hidden hatred is more dangerous that obvious hatred.

Genesis 37:4: And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. 18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. 28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Note Joseph*s brothers* full-blown hatred for him. They could not speak peaceably to him, envied him, plotted to murder him and sold him into slavery.

Proverbs 26:28: A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Many politicians and many in the media have hidden hatred and we should all ask ourselves if we have any.

Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .

The Bible gives some very harsh truth about liars and lying.

1 John 3:15: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Revelation 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Romans 3:4a: God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; . . .

Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

We desperately need truth always and we need to give it to others. And we desperately need God*s forgiveness for every lie that we tell or live. Truth and love are closely related just as lying and hatred are.

Ephesians 4:14: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

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