Love & Hate
Hate is a word that has several degrees of ugly, but usually suggests passionate dislike and a feeling of enmity. Let's start with hate since there is so much of it, and it has some interesting features;
-- the man hater - (misandry) There are women who deeply dislike men (I wonder why).
-- the woman hater – (misogynist) This mentality a little more rare, and difficult to understand.
-- the child hater - (misopedia) The 30’s era comedian W.C. Fields cashed in on this attitude. He once said, “I love children. Yes, if properly cooked.”
-- the marriage hater - (misogamy) Maybe it's why so many folks today shack-up?
-- hatred of new things - (misocainea) I like old cars & distrust the new ones that are so hard to understand & fix.
-- haters of reasoning - (misology or misologist) Too often people need to be challenged to think.
-- jail-birds consider their guard staff to be "haters".
I try to simplify matters so here is a basic theory of hate: In the heart, people are saying "I am, and YOU are not." We tend to focus on our beautiful face, body, race, name, education, money, house, family religion, etc. Maybe just the "I am" is the root (narcism) - self focus to an extreme, all things & everyone else suspect or objects of hate or dislike. People with this proud & natural mindset are numerous on this planet, anywhere you may go. Dealing with them is dicey because one small slip & you become a special object of their wrath, and FORGIVENESS is no option because man's fallen nature is short of that godly virtue. And sadly, even in the family the hateful spirit & grudges can last until death. People who dance with the spirit of hate are also JUDGING others to be less, which is stealing that function of judgment from God. Possibly the most incomprehensible form of hate is in that religious arena where extremists think they offer service to Allah when they kill others for being "infidels." All of the above is why Proverbs 16:5 says "Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to God." See also 1 John 2:9-11 for an excellent Apostolic assessment of hate.
Now LOVE is a different "animal". Barbara Streisand sang, "People who need people (love), are the luckiest people." Whether true or not, lovers are moving toward the best team BECAUSE God is love, 1 John 4:8, and He is the biggest lover on the planet. I must include thoughts from the love chapter of the New Testament because there we find the best definition: 4. "Love is patient & kind; love is not jealous or boastful; 5. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6. It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8. Love never ends; . . .” 1 Corinthians 13 Then Jesus himself said, “love one another.” John 15:17 Then we come to the romantic quote of the day, "Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand." - Mother Teresa.
Well, the Christ of the New Testament said "you will know them by their fruit." Matthew 7:20. Can we also know ourselves by our fruit? Are the natural human instincts of pride & hate self condemning? I suspect that very few wish to hear God say at their final judgment "you chose to live short of my standards AND danced with hate. I saw your hissing, clicking tongue, and evil eye glare toward others too often. Depart from me to the fire that is prepared for Lucifer & his demons." (my paraphrase of Matthew 25:41.) The MUCH better plan is to make peace with God & others BEFORE that day of DIVINE judgment. Jesus and His salvation, and Holy Spirit are available & makes us love everybody - even if they are less than what we think they should be. Choose Jesus, He is alive, and live blessed. "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him and he with me." Revelation 3:20
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