Ever said aloud, “I hate …” then felt guilty for even saying it. I have. Just saying the word fills me with guilt, shame, and remorse. How can I, blatantly, say that word, yet profess to love God? Exactly!!! Once we have the love of God in our hearts, it is hard to be mean, say hateful words, or be disgruntled. On the other hand, maybe, we can. However, with God’s love, guidance of the Holy Spirit, and a humble heart, the correction of our actions it is immediate.
God’s love resides in each of us who believe in him, who trust him, who seek him. Within us are his teachings that help us lead a better life and strive to be an example to others.
1 John 4
8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 Corinthians 16
14 Everything you do should be done in love.
Guidance of the Holy Spirit
As we go through life, the Holy Spirit guides us. It teaches us to love, to do right by others, and to follow God’s example.
2 Corinthians 6
6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.
As God’s love resides within us and his Holy Spirit guides us, our hearts become humble, tender, and loving. We allow it to love all that surround us. A humble heart cannot hate. It cannot, intentionally, hurt others. If we do, we are, immediately, reminded of what we have done. We do not feel pride by demeaning others, or stepping over them. On the contrary, we place ourselves at their mercy.
9 May he show the humble what is right! May he teach the humble his way!
19 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies and I will give them tender hearts.