Proverbs 10:18 He who hides hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool.
The writer of this text tells us how to identify hatred and those who are carriers of it.
First, he tells us that hatred comes from lying lips and it is spread by those who are considered to be fools and not wise.
We are not born to hate, it is taught. We were made in God's image. God is love!
Hatred is a matter and issue of a defiled heart. The hate that is daily spewed out of the mouth of those who hate others for no reason comes from their heart.
Let's listen to Matthew 5:18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man.
People of God, be very careful of what you receive in your mind's thoughts for they eventually take root in our hearts and are revealed in the things we say and do, how we act, how we view others and how we treat those that are different from us.
Watch what you allow your ears to hear, your eyes to see, the thoughts you allow in your mind and the words that you allow to come out of your mouth.
Throughout scripture we are warned about the pain and results of hatred.
Hatred that is harbored (secretly kept in the hearts and minds) not only hurts the one who harbors it, but also those innocent victims who it is spewed out against through slander.
The book of proverbs has a lot to say about the words that comes out of our mouth and the thoughts that are kept in secret in our minds and hearts that eventually manifest itself in our words and actions towards others.
One thing we are to remember to keep at the forefront of our minds in our daily walk in life is Proverbs 15:1-A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Words are important! When we are careful about what words we allow to come out of our mouth, we are considered among the wise and not fools.
Proverbs 16:24-Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
Words has power and they are powerful. God is proof of the power of words and what they can do. It was God who called the universe into existence by His spoken words. He spoken it and it appeared.
Jesus said, “By your words you will be condemned and by your words you will be justified.”
Proverbs 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Life is filled with choices and every choice has consequences.
How do we handle hate? Well, let's check out what Jesus says about it.
Matthew 5:43-45 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
We overcome hate with love for scripture says love covers a multitude of sins. When you are given stone, give bread and you will heap coals of shame on the head of your enemy.
People of God, watch your words for once they are spoken, they can not be taken back. They can either help or hurt, heal or destroy, encourage or discourage, curse or bless. The choice is ours!
What are you speaking? Who is benefiting from what comes out of your mouth? Are you speaking life or death?
Regardless of what we speak, there will be fruit manifested from our spoken words. I choose to speak life that will produce fruits ofpeace, joy, hope, words of comfort, encouragement and love instead of hate and evil.
Believe it or not but we have been given the power within us to either speak life or death. Yes, our words has the power to kill, to destroy, defend, bless, curse, etc.
Everything we have said and done in the past to the present has either been life-giving or death by painful words and there is nothing in between.
If you have been secretly harboring hate in your heart against others, please ask God to speak to your heart.
Proverbs 10:31 says, “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.”
Proverbs 15:7 says, “The lips of the wise spread knowledge.” What comes out of a righteous man? Wisdom. What comes out of a wise man? Knowledge. These two things ought to be coming out of your mouth all the time.
Watch your words!