One of the greatest experiences in life is the virtue of love. Everyone seeks love because it comforts the heart and soothes the soul. Yet, hate exists and some people enjoy inflicting its venomous poison onto others. Hate is troublesome because of its negative impact on the human spirit.
Why is Hate so Troublesome?
Because it’s an effective sin Satan uses to turn humans away from God.
Remember, God removed Lucifer from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-13) and he uses hate to avenge his judgment.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say the devil’s clever ways of using hate are cunning. For example, Satan uses prejudice to manifest hate between ethnic groups. The devil creates a hostile environment between cultures leading to death and destruction.
Other illustrations of hate are envy, violence, and self-hatred. Those sinful actions corrupt the soul, harden the heart, and lead to a life headed for eternal damnation. Some people commit suicide to stop the constant internal strife they experience.
Both the New and Old Testament heighten God’s opposition to hates unfavorable existence. And when Christ roamed the earth, He exposed the world’s hatred towards God (John 15:18-25).
I can almost hear you thinking nothing good comes from hate. Yes, hate breeds resentment, bitterness, and causes physical harm to others. It’s the way the evil-doer provokes wicked action. A point often overlooked is hate leaves behind a trail of physical and mental devastation.
With this in mind, the devil works hard to twist the reality of Christ and he can’t tolerate us embracing God’s virtue of love (James 4:6).
How do I know?
From personal experience.
Before God saved me, I was a drunkard and full of self-hatred. I wanted to die. As a matter of fact, I attempted suicide but the Lord protected me from physical death. His love for me stopped the devil’s plan to kill me. And for that, I’m forever grateful for His affection.
As shown above, hate separates us from Jesus’ deity.
What’s the Solution to Hate?
God’s powerful virtue of love!
Here’s something we both can agree on; there is nothing the world offers that matches our Father’s love. His love gave Adam and Eve a second chance (Genesis 3:22). And because He loved them His grace is extended to us today. How exceptional is that!
As if that’s not enough, He sacrificed His Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. This selfless display of His love shows He wants to save humanity from the evil one. That’s the powerful virtue of love!
In fact, love is God’s greatest commandment to mankind (Matthew 22:37-38).
Love comes from God. Once a person receives His affection, a spiritual transformation takes root and the individual’s heart purifies. This supernatural conversion leads a person to extend this incredible love to others. Loving others is God’s second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39).
Here’s the interesting part. God’s love radiates through us showing those around us His powerful presence. As a result of His comfort, we are able to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). The best part is love prevails over sin (1 Peter 4:8).
Given this, we know our Father’s love is divine, pure with an eternal destination of heaven!
What’s your outlook on love?
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7