Sometimes we have people who don’t like us, just because they don’t want to like us.
Sometimes we have people who go as far as to work against us or undermine our efforts.
Sometimes people talk about us behind our backs, whether we do good or bad.
Many of these people don’t like us, even though we have done nothing to them…we call these people HATERS.
People even pray that God give them vindication from their haters…
2 O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.
But, when we’re honest with ourselves, we have given some of our HATERS as good reason to dislike us.
Yes, God expects us to be loving, and God expects us to be forgiving, but God also commands that we don’t be an offender or a ’stumbling block’ to others (Matthew 18:6,1 Corinthians 8:9).
We all have let others down.
We all have hurt others.
We all have done things we are ashamed of…
We all have offended others. There are some people who feel they were better off if they hadn’t met us.
We’ve all been the antagonist in someone else’s story.
King David was a man after God’s on heart, and he killed for a man for his wife.
Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles..after he was well-known for persecuting the church and consented to the death of Christians.
You can be sure that even after they repented of their sin…even after there was far behind them, they still had people and haters who were affected by their sin.
Haters will hate, and even though they are wrong to hold a grudge, we must be sensitive to the way the feel…let’s be sensitive to the fact that we’re the source of their attitude or actions.
And, if need be we MUST seek their forgiveness. After that, it’s between them and God.