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Romans 3:13-18

    "Their throats are open graves;
      their tongues practice deceit."
    "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
      "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
    "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
      ruin and misery mark their ways,
    and the way of peace they do not know."
      "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (NIV)

One morning recently, I put on the radio to see if the world was still on its axis — though I knew it had to be, as I was still in place.

I listened to a commentary about a Christian group that had gathered for prayer for their homeland which was some distance away. The interview contained words spoken by a very eloquent little girl. She was hoping that a terrorist group would receive enough bombs to annihilate a group in another country.

As the interview went on, I wondered where she had picked up such hateful thoughts. Most likely in the home, I surmised.

There is so much hate in the world today, and often no respect for the lives of others. It seems that most thoughts are planted into the minds of children by the words spoken in their homes.

As Christians, we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves and to love our enemies, for God has commanded it. If all the world did this, there would be no enemies.

Galatians 5:14b-15 – Love your neighbour as yourself. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. (NIV)

Part of this Scripture describes life without love for our neighbours, and the results caused by hate. Where will it all stop, if we do not teach love in the home? If anger persists, hate will thrive, war shall be never-ending, and there will be no peace.

Let us fear the Lord, for He is God. Let us pray for peace on this earth and let it begin with us in our homes, having a loving relationship with God and our neighbours.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to You this day to glorify You, knowing in our hearts that You bring the sun and the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. We pray that You will bring peace to the hearts of those who teach hatred in their homes, that one day, "the wolf and the lamb will feed together" (Isaiah 65:25 NIV) in Your kingdom. While we wait, enable us to do the best we can to bring love to our neighbours, so that they will not become our enemies. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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