How can any nation or people survive when hatred controls their normal way of life? God described how unchecked anger turns into hatred, and none of us are exempt from this. It starts by entertaining angry thoughts, which when left unchecked reproduce themselves and become hatred. This will affect our character, making us erratic and impulsive in our response to others. When hatred rules our life, we lose our ability to perceive what is good and wholesome. Instead we go so far as to accuse, hurt, and even destroy innocent people. Jesus Christ once addressed a group of religious leaders who were angry at him, because he told them that their anger was the seeds that produce murder (Matthew 5:22). Within a few years after saying this, these same religious leaders, who tenaciously pursued to kill him, falsely accused him before Roman authority and had him executed by crucifixion. The good news is that the love of God through Jesus Christ is the only cure for conquering such anger and hatred. This heart condition is not something we can fix, but only God can solve… when we humbly acknowledge our need of Him to set us free by His saving grace. Consider: “Everyone who continues to commit sin is a slave of sin. But, if the Son (Jesus Christ) sets you free, you will be really free” (John 8:34, 36).

This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.