Hate is not ok.
Not racial hate. Not gender hate. Not body hate. Not sexuality hate. Not religious hate.
Hate is never ok.
Not when we're upset. Not when we think someone else is wrong. Not when we disagree. Not when we don't understand.
Hate holds us back.
From friendships. From relationships. From conquering the true evil.
If God is love, which the Bible says He is, and hate is the opposite of love; hate keeps us from God. And what a sad, horrible world we would become without God, without love.
Love drives us forward.
Into understanding. Into friendships. Into relationships. Into hope. Into a better future.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)
Please God, help us learn to drop the hate that holds us captive. Let us love forward into who you've created us to be, representatives of your love.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent hate and terrorism attacks. May your families be blessed, and God give peace that only He can give. And may the rest of us not stand silently, as we watch our brothers and sisters mourn. But rather use our voices and resources to stop hate.