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11.06.2017 Feature Article

Word Digest: Slay The Invisible Giant(7)

"They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left"

[Genesis 34:26] NIV
The seventh invisible giant we will discuss is hatred. Hatred is an affection of the mind awakened by something regarded as unpleasant.

From the scripture we are told Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob was defiled by Shechem, son of Hamor.

When the news got to Jacob and his family, two brothers of Dinah became furious.

Meanwhile there were plans to marry Dinah on the part of Shechem's family - Genesis 34:11-13.

Unknowingly the two brothers (Simeon and Levi) of Dinah felt hatred against Shechem and his father. As a result they killed Shechem and his father (Hamor).

Thus how far hatred can travel if we do not let go of it.

Friends hatred is an invisible giant where not cast a side can lead to massive destruction. The main cause of hatred is temptation.

If we fear God with our hearts and minds come what may am confident we would not allow hatred to engulf us to destroy someone else.

Some weeks ago Ghana was in a state of shock and mourning when a military personnel on duty was mistakenly lynched to death as an armed robber. The perpetrators who were full of hatred and could not let go of it as a result murdered the innocent military personnel. May his soul rest in peace.

On such a gruesome attack, you agree the invisible giant (hatred) controlled and used them horrendously.

So where was the fear of God? The desire for mob violence and hatred took over their hearts and minds.

Still on the message of Dinah, the two brothers of Dinah who could not let go of their hatred murdered Hamor and his son Shechem as a sign of payback for defiling their sister.

In view of this, no matter how painful or disrespectful an offense might be, never develop hatred against one another. Hatred when not let go of can bring out the beast not the best in us. When we let go of hatred, we overcome temptations of hatred.

In all things let us be careful with decisions we make when or not offended by some one. God bless you for reading and sharing.

Prayer
O Lord guide me not into the temptations of hatred in Jesus mighty name, Amen.

Confession
Christ Jesus you are my helper.
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Ebenezer Zor
Ebenezer Zor, © 2017

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