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The attitude of our fallen human nature is not very nice, in fact the word depraved is commonly used. Christians are required to honor God with self-discipline of their mind and to demonstrate His character, but sadly it’s rare to find any difference between God’s people and those who do not know Him at all.

I’m sure you have noticed and are disturbed by the hatred and animosity we are seeing in the realms of politics and religion. The refusal to forgive others and carry resentment is no laughing matter and our good deeds will not balance our rotten attitudes. First John 4:20 reminds us, “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.”

Whatever our opinions and involvement with social media, we must restrain ourselves from hatred. Evil’s plan is to distract the Christian away from living in the peace of God’s presence and some may believe that it’s alright to hate our enemies because God understands. Well, yes His mercy endures forever, but He cannot go against His written word as that would compromise His integrity and we know He is perfect.

When we fail to love and be committed to God with all of our heart, we are demoting Him to a lesser position in our life. The Lord says that He is to be our greatest love and it’s our responsibility to stay focused on Him. There are no special negotiations or under the table deals with God. Only His love can save us and give our lives the meaning and purpose He intended.

Being a loving person does not just fall on our head, we must pray and realize that love is a learned behavior and failing to do so is a sin as He tells us in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” It’s true that spiritual love involves treating others respectfully, but helping someone is also not always the same thing as loving them.

The love of Christ goes beyond practical thinking and the emotions and must come from within our spirit, including for those we do not like. The love that made you a citizen of heaven is the same love that makes it possible for us to share God’s love with others. We are to hate sin like God hates sin, but we love everyone as God loves them. How can we love those we do not agree with? Only when we fall deeply in love with Jesus will we be able to understand that He loves everyone as much as He loves us. First Corinthians chapter 13 talks about how loving all people is a requirement if we want to walk with God and without it, we will have not have a positive spiritual impact in this life.

When we neglect our obedience to Christ, we are nothing and have nothing which is to be spiritually bankrupt. Let us take the time to examine our heart to make sure we are being controlled by the Holy Spirit and not our emotions.

Billy Holland writes a weekly column for HD Media. Visit billyhollandministries.com.