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4 Ways to Respond to Hate

It’s easy to look at situations like the recent terrorist attacks and feel fearful and hopeless and defeated. How can such hate come out of this world? 

While there are many ways I want to respond to that hate, I know there are certain ways God calls us to shine His light in the darkest of situations. Here are 4 ways to do just that from the book of Haggai.

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“‘Be strong, all the people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you. This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.'”
{ Haggai 2:4-5 }

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1. Be Strong
There is a mighty fight ahead of those who were directly impacted by the attacks, and even those of us who are an ocean away. It takes strength and courage to face the evil in life, and even more strength and courage to face it with love. Don’t underestimate the strength God has given you. We are wired to persevere, and every day we see people do just that in the midst of horrific situations. Trust in the strength He gives you.

2. Work
Have you heard the song Do Something by Matthew West? “People living in poverty, children sold into slavery, the thought disgusted me, so I shook my fist at heaven and said, ‘God, why don’t You do something?’ He said, ‘I did. I created you.'”

Yes, YOU! And me. We are the hands and feet of God. Even when all seems lost, even when the violence seems too overwhelming, we must work to fill our world with love and mercy and grace. The time is now. Find a project, a ministry, a mission, a hurting loved one – and work at spreading love.

3. Trust in the Spirit
I too often have to remind myself that I’m not the one accomplishing anything. It’s God working through me that gets stuff done for His glory. When the task He sets before me seems to big or scary, I cling to the fact that the Spirit that lives in me is the exact same Spirit that lived in Jesus. And that Spirit carried Him to and through the cross. That Spirit won’t forsake you. Trust in it.

4. Do not fear
Fear can shut us down. Fear can convince us of a lot of things that are not true. And fear can keep you from ever living or experiencing life. Nothing will get done about the hate that surrounds us if we cower back in fear. The words do not fear/do not be afraid are one of the most widely used phrases in the Bible. God knows the grip fear can have on us. Over and over again, He promises He is bigger than any fear we face.

God loves each and every one of us regardless of who we are. He loves suicide bombers just as much as He loves the victims. He loves the found just as much as He loves the lost. His only response to dark days and extreme hate is love. Ours should be too.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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This entry was posted on November 20, 2015 by in Do Good, Hope, Kindness, Life Lessons and tagged , , , , .

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