Terrible as it is that South African natives have decided to be violent to immigrants that have left five dead and thousands displaced, it is true that the source of all this is the devil himself. How the devil works is tricky because mankind would generally think that what they do comes from their pure reasoning. Be reminded that whatever you do, think, action and meditate on largely depends on external spiritual influence. Such influence could be either from the light (God) or from darkness (devil). God in His wisdom let man have a will to do as they please while on earth.
The real devil is more clever than most people imagine and God has given him extensive powers in order to deceive people, and the deceived includes even the most learned and intellectual people of this world.
The tactful devil uses the HATE seed that grows with time to give birth to unimaginable sins. If you think about it, hate gives birth to murder, theft, rape, corruption, sexual immorality, slender, Xenophobia and all sorts of sins.
I’m not motivated by the crimes and sins I have listed above but I want to quickly unveil the solution to the problem of hate. You will agree with me that the direct opposite to hate is ‘LOVE‘.
Love one Another – John 13:34, John 15:12
The Father of love is Jesus. His love is infinite for mankind (Romans 8:31-39) and He calls man to have love for one another (John 13:34 – 35; 15:12).
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Qualities of love are well known. Not only are they listed in the Bible in the following verses but they are also visible in many forms.
I Corinthians 13:4 – 84 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
When Jesus say, ‘Love one another’, He gives this as a command. He does not suggest. This is none negotiable, especially for self professing Christians. A country like South Africa has a majority of natives calling themselves Christians. Deeds of xenophobia should just not be heard of among them. They by no means demonstrate love but they do manifest hate. These two ‘love’ and ‘hate’ do not go together as already mentioned in previous paragraphs.
My message is not of condemnation but a reminder to seek help from God in prayer if we and South Africans fail to comply to God’s will. It is not by might nor by power that we can overcome sin but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
Be all reminded that no excuse God accepts for people not to do His will. You have been warned, take your rightful position and God will be your strength.
People of the Spirit understand that such phenomenons are signs of the last days. One can only hope that some people, but not all, will change their hate for love. These are indeed the last day, ‘Watch and Pray’ for days are evil (Luke 21:36).