How do you handle haters? Not just any kind of haters but family haters? Those two words should not even be used in the same sentence, it’s sounds like an oxymoron! But from the beginning of time there have always been family haters. If I was God, I think I might have edited the Bible to cover up my family dirt! My family and I went to the movies this weekend to see the movie The Lion King, and if you saw the movie you know it’s about family haters. You see King Mufasa has a brother by the name of Scar who hated on him and his son, because he wanted something that he had, the Throne! If you saw the movie you know what happened. It’s a classic example of even though people may be in your blood line, that doesn’t stop them from hating on you. Genesis the book of the beginnings, we see it with the first family! Adam & Eves first two sons Cain and Abel , Cain despised and hated his brother so much, that he actually murdered him! How about Joseph, his brothers threw him into a pit while they were deciding how they were going to kill him, then they decided to sell him instead and make some money off of him and just tell his dad since he was his dads pet , that he was killed by a wild animal. There are many reasons why people hate on you. The #1 reason why people hate on you, rather they are in your family, on your job, school or church, is because of Jealousy. You have something or they perceive that you have something that they don’t!
- It could be physical- your looks or body size, the type of car you drive, neighborhood you live in!
- It could be – your personality (you’re friendly and outgoing, they’re quiet and shy).
- It could be your God given gifts and talents- maybe you sing , dance, act or paint, play sports well , organized.
- It could be your gifted and called to do business or ministry or medicine!
- Maybe you had an opportunity they didn’t have? Because you have a call that they don’t have! You went to college, they didn’t.
- You’re married, they’re single, you have great respectful kids, theirs are in prison!
- Your Parents treated them differently than you!
- You’re preferred.
- You’re unable to celebrate them when good things are happening for them.
- You inwardly wish ill will or harm to them.
- You smear there name and reputation every opportunity you get, especially to others who respect and admire them.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”Jesus gives us the formula CPR choose- pray- refuse strife
- Choose to love them
- Pray for them, scales be removed from their eyes and God would bless them!
- Refuse to get into strife with them
- Live at peace with them to the best of your ability, love them from a distance! Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.