Hate is an extremely hard word and so it should be because it describes an extremely hard and intense emotion.
To hate is to dislike intensely or passionately. To hate is to feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility towards something. To Hate is to detest. And the practice of hate is destructive, not only to those it is expressed to but also to the user of it. Hate is costly and never profits anyone.
The world has always been at unrest, but over the past week it is highly evident that the world is living on the edge of extreme. The extreme of hate.
Hate makes you blind. Hate leads to violence. Hate causes destruction. Hate feeds itself.
A good example is to look at the recent Middle East riots which were sparked in reaction to the making of a video that profanes the prophet Muhammad. This video is an outrage and should have never been created, however, the reaction that has been unleashed is also an outrage. The retaliation, an attack and taking the innocent lives of those at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, was simply an act of extreme hate. And unfortunately it has ignited a firestorm of hatred throughout the Middle East and now into Asia.
As I was searching the Bible for references of hate I found that there are quite a few, starting with Genesis and ending with Revelations. It’s sad to say that hate appears to span the Bible. However, I also searched the Bible for references pertaining to love. The good news is that Love also spans the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. However, references for love far outweighs that of hate. Makes you want to smile doesn’t it?
So what does this say?
Hate has always been with us but so has love.
The world has always had its share of hate. And our generation proves that mankind has not yet learned to live free of it. There are terrible things happening all around us, and yes it is frightening. But we do not need to be mastered by it. Instead we are directed to live in love. To live in the security of knowing that God is with us and promises to never leave us.
I could reference an endless amount of scripture verses that expound on love, but I’ll only include a few.
Love is valuable.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that who ever believes in Him would not parish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Love is precious
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John15:12-14
Love is freeing
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love”. 1 John 4:18
It’s worth a mention
I also found something else worth mentioning. Below you will see the dictionary’s synonyms for hate. The list is extensive but keep reading because below that you will find something interesting.
1. loathe, execrate; despise. Hate, abhor, detest, abominate imply feeling intense dislike or aversion toward something. Hate, the simple and general word, suggests passionate dislike and a feeling of enmity: to hate autocracy. Abhor expresses a deep-rooted horror and a sense of repugnance or complete rejection: to abhor cruelty; Nature abhors a vacuum. Detest implies intense, even vehement, dislike and antipathy, besides a sense of disdain: to detest a combination of ignorance and arrogance. Abominate expresses a strong feeling of disgust and repulsion toward something thought of as unworthy, unlucky, or the like: to abominate treachery.
Love vanquishes all forms of hate
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14