Love and hate. Emotions. Very strong emotions. Perhaps the two greatest passions in the world.
To love and to be loved has no other equal in the human heart. Peace, security, confidence, and good health are all sought after, and prized when found. Nonetheless, they cannot hold a candle to love, especially when you are hurting.
When you looked upon the open grave of someone very, very close to you, what did you feel?
At the death of your mother, brother, or friend, where did you find solace?
In that quiet moment of grief, did someone touch your hand? Did someone give you a silent hug?
Without even speaking, their love was timeless, captured in the moment, reaching deep into your being, your soul.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." ~ 1Corinthians 13:13 NIV
For every action, there is a reaction. For a time to love, there is a time to hate.
What? Hate? It conveys an ultimately negative image. Hate is often nearby. Hate can engulf and surround us. Left unchecked, hate can destroy us!
Why do you suppose Solomon included hate in Ecclesiastes? Was it to counterbalance love? Was it to point out the obvious, that hate exists in our world?
Could it have been to note, there may be a proper time and place for hatred?
When you see a mother beaten, do you hate abuse?
When you see a man mugged and robbed on the street, do you have injustice?
When you see a dictator brutalize his people, do you hate oppression and evil?
Be wary of hate. It is an emotion as strong as love. But a time to love is healty, and modeled after God's own heart. A time to hate can be destructive when it is the false choice of free will, aimed negatively towards others.
Hate abuse, injustice, and oppression. Love your family, your neighbors, and the people who cross your life path.
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