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The Hate of Others

“The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.” Psalm 18:5

David’s situation became a place of nearing death, and he felt the darkness and agony of passing surrounding him. His mind was flooded with the thoughts and possibilities of leaving this world. He was experiencing the emptiness of fear and anxiety, as his world was dark with the hate of others surrounding him. He knew and felt the hate of others.

Have you ever been in a dark moment where you felt life creeping away? The place where insolent thoughts were consuming your mind.  We have all had days we hoped would never replay. We have been in lonely, dark and death-like places. This world does not say we will be immune from dangers, but it does offer hope through it all. We have all felt the pain of hate.

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” John 15:19

Strong language verifies how the world will treat us. If we go with the flow the world will love us. Life will be comfortable and pleasurable. However, when we choose to follow Jesus, there will be significant challenges. How often are we willing to admit that growth may come through the hate of others?

Today in the workplace:

Father, you did not say life was going to be easy, but you did say you would be with us. Fulfill our lives and allow your love to overcome the danger of the influence of hate. In Jesus name, Amen!

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