Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018


Read: Esther 3:1-15

MEMORISE: When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath.(Esther 3:5)

Today is the World Cancer Day, and we are examining the cancerous nature of hatred. May God deliver us from this spiritual cancer that has actually eaten very deeply into the lives of so many Christians.

One of the vices some people find very difficult to deal, or do away with, is hatred. It is a very strong dislike for somebody or something, or an angry feeling of extreme dislike for someone or something. Our present socio-political institution is characteristically dominated and terribly bedevilled by hate messages, which have often led to violent crimes. The moment 'A' fails where 'B' succeeds, hatred for that fellow and his/her achievement ensues. If this is characteristic of unbelievers *(Genesis 4:5; Galatians 5:19ff), should it be heard among God's people *(Romans 12:9-21)*?

Saul, Israel premier Monarch, rose from grass to grace, and later, sadly though, from grace to grass, due to envy/jealousy which later developed into hatred *(1 Samuel 18:8-12). He hated and was jealous of David for the latter's destiny and success! You must avoid and avert hatred like a plague or cancer. You are not permitted to nurse animosity against anyone based on race, colour, religion, or any other yardstick (Romans 12:21). Love all, hate none, but sternly condemn and hate all appearances of evil  (Psalms 37:27).

Haman was the architect of his own downfall, because he allowed the cancer of hatred to unnecessarily eat deep into the fabric of his life until it destroyed him. Had he heeded the warning of his wife and friends (Esther 13:13), he would not have ended up disastrously (Esther 7:10). He passionately hated the poor Jewish exile, Mordecai, for no just cause! Can you imagine, a high-ranking chief envying a common gateman? He saw him as a rival (cf. Esther 3:5), and fell into his own trap. This is what befalls haters. Beware of hatred for any reasons (1 John 3:15).

1. Lord, deliver me from the spirit of hatred.
2. Pray that God should subdue the attitude of hatred among our leadersspiritual, political, societal, traditional, etc.
3. Pray for cancer patients, that God should heal them by His power, regardless of what medicine says about their situations.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 24 - 25 & Mark 8 

Remain Blessed!