We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. . . . . — 1 JOHN 3:14,15
A minister’s wife came to me greatly disturbed. “Brother Hagin,” she said, “I can’t go to Heaven. I hate my mother-in-law!”
After letting her stew a little, I was able to help her. I asked her to look me straight in the eye and say, “I hate my mother-in-law.” And I asked her to check on the inside of her — in her spirit — as she was saying that.
She said, “I hate my mother-in-law.” Then she exclaimed, “Why, something seems to be ‘scratching’ me on the inside!”
“Yes,” I said, “that’s the love of God in your born-again human spirit that loves everyone. The real you doesn’t hate your mother-in-law. But you’re letting the outward man dominate the situation.”
“You’re right,” she said, “I don’t really hate my mother-in-law.” And she made the spiritual adjustment of allowing the man on the inside, where love lives, to dominate the outward man.
Confession: I know that I have passed from death unto life because I love the brethren. And I allow that love to dominate my being. I walk in love toward everyone!
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 1988 RHEMA Bible Church AKA Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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