Do Not Hate

We have already learned about Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau. They were twin brothers. Because Esau was the oldest son, he should have received a special blessing from his father.

But one day Jacob put on Esau’s clothes. He prepared some meat for his father — just the way Isaac liked it. Then Jacob went to see his father. Isaac was old and almost blind. He gave Jacob the special blessing. Why? Because he thought he was blessing Esau. Jacob was wrong to trick his father.

When Esau learned that Jacob had received the special blessing, he was very angry. In Genesis 27:41 we learn how Esau felt. “After that Esau hated Jacob because of this blessing. Esau said to himself, ‘My father will soon die, and after we are finished with that, I will kill Jacob.’” Jacob ran away and
the brothers did not see each other for many years. When they finally met again, Esau forgave Jacob.

Even when people do something wrong to us, we should forgive them. God does not want us to hate other people. God wants us to love everyone — especially people who hurt us. If we love those people, then we are showing God’s love.