By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also." 1 John 4: 20-21 (NKJV)
Bible Readings: 1 Peter 1: 3, Revelation 5: 10, Luke 10; 25, Genesis 1: 26, 1 John 2.
The opposite of love is hate. When you hate, it affects you personally.
We are wired to be like God and God is love. We have the nature of God and therefore we are love. If you love the things that God gives you, will you claim to love God himself? You cannot claim to love the gift and the giver at the same time, one has to be paramount.
If you want to succeed in life, love God alone and not what he gives. If you love God alone, you own what he has. To succeed in life, you have to change your perspective and mindset from the gift to the giver. To love God is to love your neighbour. If you hate your neighbour that you can see, how can you say you love God when you haven't seen him? Every time you hate your neighbour, you hate God.
The love of God has no condition. It is the agape one. Love is not a choice, it is a command. If you love, you live. If you have life, you have success. You can't despise God and enjoy him at the same time. You can't look down on God and look up to him at the same time.
Jealousy, envy, and pride are some of the reasons why you hate people .
Ingredients of divine love
⁃ Love is patient: wait for their turn.
⁃ Love is kindness: never act irrationally.
⁃ Love is generous: no envy.
⁃ Love is humble
⁃ Love is polite
⁃ Love is unselfish
⁃ Love has good temper: never irritated or resentful.
⁃ Love is righteous: hates sin, never glad when things go wrong.
⁃ Love is sincere: not boastful or hypocritical.