As a Christian, I have always been taught to love others as I love myself. However, in a world where it seems hate and negativity are all around us, it can be easy to fall into the trap of allowing bitterness and anger to consume us. But as I reflect on my life, I realize that I have been too busy to hate.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul writes, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV) These words have been a guiding force in my life and have helped me to focus on being kind and compassionate, even in difficult situations.
When faced with challenges, I remind myself that God has called me to love others, even those who may have wronged me. Jesus said, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44 NIV) This commandment may seem difficult to follow, but I have found that by focusing on love and forgiveness, I am able to let go of any negative feelings that may be holding me back.
In my personal and professional life, I have encountered people who have tried to bring me down or spread negativity. But instead of engaging in their behavior, I have chosen to focus on my own goals and aspirations. The apostle Paul wrote, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14 NIV) By keeping my eyes on the prize and focusing on my own journey, I have been able to avoid the distractions of hate and negativity.
As I reflect on my life, I am grateful for the love and grace that God has shown me. By following His example and choosing to love others, even in difficult situations, I have been too busy to hate. I encourage others to do the same and to focus on the positive aspects of life. The book of Proverbs states, "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24 NIV) By speaking words of kindness and love, we can heal ourselves and others and create a more positive and uplifting world.