Hatred held in the heart can't hide forever. Like underground molten lava its pressure builds and seeks release on the surface. No matter how hardened we become on the exterior bitterness will eventually break through unannounced with devastating results. We sometimes believe hatred is justified but its tyranny cannot be contained nor equitably distributed; it must be expunged entirely from our soul. Ephesians warns: "Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold." Anger, if left to hang around will multiply and turn to hatred, but Spiritual freedom and unbounded joy belong to the one delivered from hatred’s grasp. Blessed Father, heal every wound of offense within me and uproot every trace of acrimony. Fill my heart with Your unfailing love and make my soul a no hatred zone.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.