Hate or Love?

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” Prov. 10:12 NKJV

The year 1968 in America has been called the “most traumatic year in modern American history.” In a sermon last month, I talked about being a nine year old boy in the third grade during that time. It was a time of great upheaval, with the Viet Nam war raging and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. These events led to more racial division, protests, riots, looting, and arson. The summer of 1968 is called “the summer of hate.”

Many people are making parallels and comparisons of 1968 to 2020. If you were to describe the climate of our country today in one word, what would it be? Words that come to my mind are hatred, strife, division, and conflict. Hatred seems to be the core of the problem.

What was true in 1968 and what is true for 2020, was and is true 2720 years ago. Solomon penned a proverb that states: “hatred stirs up strife…” Solomon had firsthand knowledge from watching and learning from his father, King David. David’s reign included wars, betrayals, assignations, political upheaval, rebellion, strife, and conflict.

This proverb is a statement of fact. Hatred is the root cause of strife. If that verse ended there, we would be resigned to just throw up our hands, give up, and say there is nothing we can do about it. But that proverb doesn’t just end with a factual observation. It includes a remedy and a way out. It states: “…but love covers all sins.”

The solution to hatred, conflict, division, and strive is a love that acts, that covers, and that forgives all sins, including racism. As followers of Jesus, we know that His love for us was the motivating factor that led to His sacrificial death on the cross. His blood covers our sins. It is His blood that atones for our sins. The remedy and way out for what ails us is the blood of Jesus.

As we look at our world today, there are two path ways. One is hatred and strife. The other is love and forgiveness. It is my prayer, that we will be a church who loves the sinner enough to cover and forgive their sins.

I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.

Jeff

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