Friday, February 26, 2016


I have come across several Facebook surveys that includes lists. One of the items on the list is four things you hate. On these lists people often write things that pertain to hurt. More specifically types of people that have hurt them.

Recently, one of my children and I have been discussing this exact topic. My child has a lot of anger in their heart due to past hurts. This anger comes out in rages, argumentative behavior, tears, and inability to focus. You see, this anger is not hurting the person that it is aimed at. This anger is hurting my child.

I looked this child in the eye recently and asked, "Do you think all that anger in your heart is hurting the person you are mad at?" The child answered, "yes." I said, "You mean all the hurt you are feeling is hurting that person." The child immediately looked up and said, "I'm hurting myself." It was definitely an "aha" moment for my child.

Hate is a strong emotion that causes even more hurt in a person's life. It does not allow the person to heal, move forward, or enjoy life. Hate destroys lives. As I read through those lists on Facebook, I realized that the one thing I hate is hate itself.

What would life be like if we decided not to hate? What if we prayed instead? What if we aimed to make a difference? What if we had GRACE? What if we forgave? These are the things I have been discussing with my child.

Matthew 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"

Ephesians 4:32    
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


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  1. Thank you for such a great post, reminding us all, how important teaching out children love and forgiveness. Love your scripture references!

  2. Oh my gosh. WOW. I can't believe I have never thought to ask that question. Such a powerful conversation there. I am definitely going to try and bring that up when we are in a similar situation.

    1. You never know what will open those little eyes!

  3. what an awesome question! I will certainly be using it in the future, thanks!


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