Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

In Touch - May 21, 2007

  • 2007 May 21
  • COMMENTS

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


May 21, 2007 – Unforgiveness and Hate – Ephesians 4:31-32  

            Welcome to the In Touch Devotional. 

            One of the most destructive attitudes for a Christian is hate. Think about it. How well can the saving light of Jesus Christ shine in a life that is totally covered in hatred, anger, or rage? And what picture of Christ does this type of person show to the unbelieving world? 

            Hate is a total breakdown in the Christlike attitude we’re called to exhibit. But even in churches, it’s not hard to find individuals boiling over with hostility. Where does it come from? One of the key reasons believers can be prone to hatred is the inability to forgive those who caused them an undeserved hurt. 

            Let’s take a “hate test.” Think about someone who hurt you in the past, and consider these three “heart checks.” 

            First, if you hate someone, you cannot shake the memory. Does the scene play out in your mind over and over? 

            Second, if you hate someone, you cannot wish him or her well. Can you still wish the best for a person who’s hurt you? 

            Third, if you hate someone, you want that person to hurt just as you hurt. Do you secretly desire this individual to experience the same pain you felt? 

            If these questions revealed any hidden animosity in your heart, don’t leave your chair until you prayerfully meditate on Ephesians 4:31-32. Read the passage aloud. Personalize it into your prayer. And let God’s Holy Spirit cleanse your heart of hatred by empowering you to forgive an old hurt.

FEATURED RESOURCE

 

The Life Principles Bible

This Bible combines the wisdom of Scripture with the principles that guide Dr. Stanley's life and empower his ministry. Order your copy.

 

To see more resources from In Touch Ministries, please visit us at www.intouch.org or go directly to our bookstore at In Touch Ministries.

 

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com