Differing Opinions ≠ Hate

There’s a lie going around that I’m sure you’ve all heard. It’s that if you have a different opinion from someone else, you hate them and vise versa. You’ve heard it haven’t you? As Christians we know where lies come from and so it’s imperative that we avoid deceit at all costs.

Here is the truth. We can have a difference in opinion from someone and still love them. If someone doesn’t think just like us, it doesn’t mean that they hate us.  This is a lesson I hope to teach my daughter as she gets older.

We don’t live in a cartoon world where someone does something we don’t like and they become our arch enemy that we must destroy at all costs. When we start feeling animosity and bitterness toward someone because of a Facebook post, Instagram photo, or tweet, we need to check our spirit. We must remember that we are all different. We come from different backgrounds and have been through different circumstances in our lives. There are life lessons that some haven’t learned yet and there are others I need to learn as well.

On two occasions in my life I have had a unique experience with God that changed the way I felt about people. Both experiences were birthed in a level of prayer that I had never been before. It was as if I had been baptized with a divine love that was so deep and pure. After the experience I remember just loving everyone. It didn’t matter what they did or said, even if it was directly against me, I loved them deeply.

This is the kind of love that Jesus wants us to have as it is a direct reflection of His love. He loves all of us, even the ones who mock and make fun of Him. There is nothing that can separate us from His love!

We are being manipulated by the world into a mindset of hate. We must be careful not to allow ourselves to get wrapped up in this lie.

I was watching the news the other night and called someone an idiot. What they were saying was absolutely biased and ridiculous, but I felt conviction. What signals am I sending my daughter by calling this man a name? Could she possibly think that I don’t love him?

It’s much easier to say what we really think when we don’t know the person or when we are typing behind a screen of protection. However, we must remember that the power of life and death are in the tongue and the way we think defines who we are. I’m not saying that we should stay silent or never voice our opinion, but rather speak the truth in love as Jesus commanded.

The only way for the world to find God’s love is through us. To reflect the love that God has given to me I must strive to be baptized with His divine love everyday through His word and prayer. This flesh is incapable of loving people unconditionally, but when I allow God’s spirit to flow through me, love conquers all.

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