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“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 hates 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!

(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. )

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