Hate: Born From Bitterness
1 John 2:7-11
Jesus rejected hatred. It wasn’t because he lacked the vitality or the strength. It wasn’t because he lacked the incentive. Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, death to communion with his Father. Jesus affirmed life, and hatred was the great denial.
Hate can masquerade under many guises. In times of war, hate often masquerades as patriotism. In conflict between people, hate can masquerade as righteous indignation. Those who live constantly with their backs against the wall find hate a shield and defender. But let’s be clear; we all experience life in ways that makes us respond in hate. The Gospel has something important to say to us and if we listen well can release us to a freedom beyond our imaginations.