“They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost” (1 Thessalonians 2:15b-16).
Do not imitate those who hate God. There are many in this world. They set the tone of culture and we are tempted to follow their lead. Follow the lead of the Lord, not those who hate the Lord. Do not listen to any who tell you anything contrary to the Gospel which you have received through Scripture. Learn to hear and obey the Word of the Lord and know that in His goodness, He is the One who saves.
Lord, open my ears to hear Your voice. Help me to be discerning so that I may recognize when those who hate You speak and help me to not listen to their vile words. Through all things, guide me to be gracious even as You are gracious. You know all that is needed and have already provided for every need. Lead me in the way I need to go and then help me to to go there.
Lord Jesus, You have taught us that we are not to hate others. Let me not hate any, even those who are opposed to You. But let me also be discerning so that I would be firm in the faith You have given me. Guide me according to Your purposes in order that I may be led by You in the way of truth. Help me see more clearly that You alone have given the example of how to live life. So, help me to live that life. Amen.