Don’t Let Your Haters Send You to Hell
In life, everyone will experience haters or enemies but don’t let your haters send you to hell. Haters or enemies come in all shapes and sizes, and from almost every background, you can imagine. Yet, the question is, how can we as believers in Jesus Christ respond correctly to our haters to prevent them from driving us away from our faith?
How, you might ask, can our enemies drive us away from our sacred faith?
One word comes to mind that seems to seize our progress and stifle our blessings like no other. That word, very simply, is unforgiveness. Not being able to let things go that our friends and enemies alike have done to us, has conquered many a believers’ heart and faith.
In fact, this is where our text comes in where we find Jesus is sending out a warning that we must follow if we intend to keep following Him. He says in Matthew 6:14-15,
(14)”For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:”
(15)” But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
The context of these verses is when Jesus taught His disciples to pray the ‘Our Father,’ prayer. This prayer teaches us what to, not only say, but also the framework of prayer, how we should correctly address the heavenly Father in an effective prayer.
In short, Jesus was teaching us how to get a prayer through to God!
Furthermore, Jesus was emphasizing that the prayer we pray won’t go anywhere without the key ingredient that we all must possess as believers. Yes, that key ingredient to our prayer life and our faith life, in general, is none other than Forgiveness!
Then, Where Do Our Haters Figure In to Our Eternal Destiny?
Our haters, also known as our enemies, and let me be very clear about this, cannot send us anywhere that we do not first choose to go. Thank God, our enemies and our haters are not our eternal judges; and they do not hold any real power over our eternal destinations. However, we can get to a place where we allow them to get in our head so much that they begin to gain power over us, indirectly.
We must be informed that our haters can drive us, if we let them, to places that we would not ordinarily go. Our haters, for example can drive us,
- To drink,
- Can drive us to hate,
- Can drive us to fight,
- Can, for some, drive us to break the law,
- They can even drive us away from the church,
- And if we are not careful, they can even drive us insane!
My mission here, however is to make sure that you don’t let your haters send you to hell by responding to them with a root of bitterness and unforgiveness. Don’t give them the power over you to have your prayers hindered and your sins not forgiven due to hatred and bitterness in your heart!
It’s really up to each one of us individually!
I recognize in some cases, this is much easier said than done, I recognize this. However, Jesus was very clear when He taught us to either forgive others or not receive forgiveness for our sins.
It is just that simple.
Therefore, we must recognize this as a mandate, a serious call to action. We must remember that the Devil uses people to get to us. He cunningly tricks both our enemies and (sometimes) our loved ones alike to attack us in such a way, that it interferes with our joy and with our happiness, and takes away our peace, if we let it.
Hence, this is why we must get ahead of any unforgiveness and/or bitterness, that tries to wreak havoc in our soul.
Again, don’t let your haters send you to hell.
How Do We Respond To Hateful People?
We must respond to hateful people the way we were trained to in the Bible. In the Word of God, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul taught us in Romans 12:14 this,
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Here we are taught to bless those that are persecuting us. Furthermore, Jesus not only taught us to bless those that persecute us, but even to bless those that curse us. Understand this is not weakness, this is a strategy of spiritual warfare, so the enemy of our soul cannot get a foothold on our pray life.
Listen and learn what Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:44,
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
As if it were not enough to ask us to bless our enemies, now the LORD is asking us to pray for our enemies and haters as well. How can we do this in all sincerity?
We must notice two words in this life lesson of Jesus before we can really get what He is asking us to do: “Bless” and “pray.”
If we put those two words together, what do we have? We have a prayer blessing for our enemies. In other words, we are to pray a blessing for our enemies. Now, I understand, again, that this is much easier said than done. Yet, it is an effective way of dealing with hate and hateful people that leads to unforgiveness in our hearts.
An old saint spoke about this issue one day. She had someone in her past do very mean and terrible things to her and to her family in order to destroy them; and she struggled to deal with the hatred she felt for this individual in her heart.
She could forgive everybody but this one person.
She testified that the LORD dealt with her heart about this issue one day and told her to pray for this person. She responded to the LORD that she tried but could not even bring herself to pray a blessing over this person.
Then, she said the LORD told her to pray for this person’s soul. Pray that this person would get saved and delivered. Later, as she did so, she testified, the hatred and bitterness for this person began to lift from her heart, and she actually began to feel sorry for this individual, and to pray more earnest prayers for this person.
Sometimes we cannot pray a blessing over our haters and enemies, but we can all pray for their souls.
Therefore, in conclusion, we must heed the warnings of our eternal Judge as He is teaching us, in so many words, not to allow haters to hinder our prayers by preventing us from receiving forgiveness. We should not play games with bitterness, and we should not play games with unforgiveness, because if we do, we are playing games with our very souls. If we do we are playing right into the hands of the enemy of our souls who schemes to block our prayers by any means necessary.
We cannot afford to give our enemies the satisfaction of hindering our prayers. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27 & 32
(26)”Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
(27)” Neither give place to the devil.”
(32)” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” A-MEN!