You cannot hate other people without hating yourself. Oprah Winfrey
In time we hate that which we often fear. William Shakespeare
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. Coretta Scott King
Hate is very powerful and harmful. It brings out our worst and ugliest. Allowing hate to exist in our hearts is like walking around with a ticking time bomb inside us.
Hate is having such an extreme dislike for someone or something it produces its own energy and feeds on itself. Hate can be so intense we lose control. We may be meek and mild-mannered one moment. After hate gets unleashed, we may become a raging lunatic. Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an example of how rage can turn a mild mannered person into an out of control madman. Hate unleashes things in us that are evil, corrupt, and sinister.
Hate is very difficult to control. Many cannot control it. We tend to hate those who cause us fear and those threatening us, such as our enemies and adversaries. Some people take sports so seriously, they hate their arch rivals. We hate things that cause us to feel unsure and uncertain. We hate the unknown and that which we do not understand. People of other cultures, religions and beliefs are often the targets of hate. We hate things that are different. We hate change. We hate things that remind us of our own frailties and shortcomings. We can hate those individuals whose personality remind us too much of why we do not like or why we even hate ourselves.
Allowing hate to live and exist in us is like having a cancer. It is like allowing a dangerous animal to roam freely without restraints. It is like a volcano waiting to erupt. It is dangerous and hazardous. The hate existing within us is more dangerous and harmful to us than to the object and target of our fear or hate. Our hate has to be controlled, contained, and kept caged until we are able to something about the conditions which cause us to hate.
If we are going to hate; we should hate evil, corruption, poverty, ignorance and such things. When we hate others, we have gone too far and have lost control of emotions and intellect. The wise and intelligent choice is to use our emotions as tools for good and not allow them to be destructive weapons which damage us and others as well. It is more desirable to find reasons to learn, to understand and to work toward overcoming our hate.
Challenge: Nothing good comes from having out of control “hate”. Learn to use the energy and power that you may waste in hating and use it for good purposes. When hate rears its ugly head, put a leash on it and keep it under control. Diagnose and understand the factors causing your hate. It is very important to understand what is causing it and then doing something to minimize or remove those feelings from having any control over you.
Wisdom: Meet hatred with hatred and you degrade yourself. Meet hatred with love and you not only elevate yourself but also the one who bears your hatred. Ralph W Trine
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, Luke 6:27
God does not hate people. He hates sin and evil and things that cause these conditions to exist. If there were ever a justification for hating others, it would be for God to hate us. We are his creation and his children. We sin against Him. We disown him and do things dishonoring Him. However, He still loves us so much He died for us. His example to us is not to hate but to “love”. If we have hate in our hearts we are missing out on love.
Prayer: Help me to overcome hate, to have a healthy love for myself and to truly love my fellow man.