Reference text : 1 John 3 :11-21

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

When prosecutors want to indict a defendant, they go through a list of charges and present corroborating evidence to support them. If there is one case I will fancy seeing how any prosecutor manages to successfully get an indictment for, it is for the statement John makes in his letter today: ‘whoever hates his brother, is a murderer’. Those, beloved, are very heavy words to say.

When taken literally, those words make little sense on their own, but viaextrapolation and interaction with other parts of scripture, we see a concept worthy of consideration and identify somewhat of a link between’ hatred and murder’. In more than three accounts in scripture: Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brothers, Herodias and John the Baptist or even Jesus and the Pharisees, we see a central message- hatred is often just a starting point.

It never ends with just hate and many who carry hatred go on to do something more; something much bigger and worse than just hate. John’s words may seem harsh, but when one is blinded by hatred, we indirectly kill others with our both our words and deeds: those unwarranted criticism, harsh remarks and derogatory comments; that stern look of disdain in our eyes and treacherous desire to have harm come to those we hate.

My dear, you may probably have not gotten to those heights yet( I pray you don’t), but it all begins with just a little jealousy, then dislike, then disgust and before you know it, alternative sources of fuel set it ablaze. Let us be mindful of the things we harbour in our hearts going forward, because if we don’t, we could unknowingly be gathering fuel for a big blaze, and we might end up getting burned ourselves.

Remember # Hatred can only stir up conflict.


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