Sunday Devotional: Hate not

Matthew 18:21-22

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you,
not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

Why?
Because we are told —

Sirach 27:30-28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

In other words, the reasons for not hating another, but instead forgiving those who have wronged against us, are both practical and just:

  1. Practicality: Wrath, anger, hate, and vengefulness are sins (“hateful things”) and God remembers our sins “in detail”.
  2. Fairness: Do to others what you would have others do unto you. How can we expect God to forgive us, if we refuse to forgive others?


 
Here are other practical reasons to eschew anger, hatred, and vengefulness:

  • Those emotions affect our judgment. To quote Godfather 3: “Never hate your enemies — it affects your judgment”.
  • Anger and hostility (hate) make us more prone to heart attacks. Research found that healthy people who are often angry or hostile are 19% more likely than calmer people to get heart disease; and among people with heart disease, those who usually feel angry or hostile fare worse than others. Emotions of anger, hatred and vengefulness ramp up our “fight or flight” response, sending stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which speed up our heart rate and breathing, tighten blood vessels, and raise blood pressure, in order that we can run for our life or fight an enemy. But if this happens often, it causes wear and tear on our artery walls. (WebMD)

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
~Eowyn

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Cinderella Broom
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Cinderella Broom

Quite relevant just now (as always) – since a neighbor cursed me for saying I would pray for her, calling me an “idiot” and my religion (Christianity) “stupid” and my God “false.” May God have mercy on her and may God keep all of us on his path, which is not a warpath, but the Way of real peace, real truth and real forgiveness.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Don’t forget the parable of the “Servant’s debt”. Our Father in Heaven rewards our keeping His commandments. He punishes those who do not apply the same to their neighbors.

Cinderella Broom
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Cinderella Broom

Thank you, Dr. Eowyn!

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Good advice.
Hate is harmful as one tends to dwell on it and it can seriously affect one’s thinking.
However, forgetting wrongs done to us leaves us vulnerable as we can see from the continued terrorist activities of muslims. Once the object of hate is eliminated it is no longer necessary to hate it or them.

Tony
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Tony

Can anyone clarify the term “brother” in Peters question? I see that as a fellow Christian who is truly a child of God, therefore pagans, muzzies, satanists etc who do us evil are not included in the requirement of forgiveness. Or am I wrong?

marblenecltr
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Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Whether they ask for forgiveness or not. I need to remind myself of the principles of this posting often. Doesn’t always work, but I am getting better.

daveyone1
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kommonsentsjane
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Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
Sunday Devotional.
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Lophatt
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Lophatt

Today’s homily follows what could be described as rather “severe” Gospel readings. While there is the example of forgiveness displayed by the master to his servant, the servant’s faliure to do likewise for his fellow servant is promised to be treated harshly. We are accepted for who we are, warts and all. Our Father in Heaven expects the same from us toward others. We must first struggle to recognize our faults and then to attempt to overcome them. We realize that we will die a flawed human being. We must pray for the wisdom to understand that everyone else we… Read more »

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

I believe when we waste our energy on toxic people, we become toxic.
I believe forgiveness is another way to spiritually detox.
We become hypocrites when we expect God’s forgiveness, yet refuse to forgive others.
One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to learn to forgive.
Forgiveness is one of the hallmarks of Christianity; which is why so many people cannot accept Christ because they cannot forgive, not even themselves.

Anne Onhemous
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Anne Onhemous

Today, I find forgiving Jorge Bergoglio for refusing to answer the Dubia, especially before the deaths of two of the signers, Cardinals Caffarra and Meisner, and the demotion of Cardinal Burke, very much against the teachings of Jesus: Do unto others. I pray to know the will of Jesus in all things, and for the grace of maturity, humility, and forgiveness. I see a photo or hear the name Pope Francis and it is as though a knife goes through my heart. How can I possibly honor my Savior and forgive the heresy shown him? Didn’t He, after all, literally… Read more »