If you have your own twitter handle or follow daily tweets, hatred is regularly spewed. Feelings, opinions and thoughts once keep inside human minds are now given a venue to be unleashed without any filter. This sets the stage for a cruel environment as critics pick apart individuals that they disagree with, dislike or simply pile on. This is the atmosphere children and adults are forced to deal with, trying to survive in a world void of love.
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him,” Leviticus 19:17.
While technology wasn’t an issue, evil affected civilizations in the days of the Old Testament. Moses addresses hatred that spread throughout the twelve tribes of Israel. According to the passage above, bitter hearts were influencing relationships with neighbors. Anyone who allows jealousy, hurt feelings or past encounters to prevent you from giving others the benefit of doubt incurs sin. In many cases, lack of reason hampers love from being displayed.
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen, 1 John 4:20.
The disciple whom Jesus loved gives his own take on why love is fading away, rarely displayed by anyone. John believes people are afraid to be honest, caring more about being politically correct than being truthful. Thus, a growing number of people offer lip service void of any signs of love. This pattern must cease, replaced by humble hearts hoping to change. While public education continues to focus on self esteem, love is derived from a spiritual transformation, Galatians 5:22-23. When hearts are reborn, Romans 10:9-10, love is possible. Unfortunately, love can’t be forced upon people, it occurs naturally as the Holy Spirit touches souls. The only way to survive a world void of love unscathed is by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit through which love comes forth.
by Jay Mankus