Monday, January 19, 2015

The Burden Of Hate

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

What is hate? 

What is love? 

Paul the Apostle wrote to the Corinthians,
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.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (ESV) 
What then, is hate? Perhaps this,
Hate is impatient and unkind; hate is envious and boastful; it is arrogant and rude. It insists on its own way; it is irritable and resentful; hate rejoices at wrongdoing, and flees from the truth. Hate stands only for itself, believes in nothing, hopes for nothing, endures nothing. It is unfaithful. It is hopeless.

Impatient, envious, arrogant, insisting on its own way? Irritable and resentful? Unfaithful? Hopeless? Clearly, a burden too great to bear.

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