The biblical verses included here are clear as a bell.
Hate should never be directed toward another person. Yet, do we not bend the biblical rules to our own advantage? Are we deluding ourselves in our own judgements? Or are we innocently just disliking something very strongly?
These emotions of hate & love run strong & deep within the human psyche & if left unchecked or undisciplined can cause a world of trouble.
Hate & Love are opposites & attract opposite actions & reactions likewise. But have you ever walked that line between hate & love? What tips us to one side or the other side is ... questionable. Is there a spiritual hate & love that are totally different from our emotional hate & love. Is this what the biblical references are depicting? Do we even have the power to separate the two?
Perhaps it is just as simple as choosing. Choose hate or choose love & see what consequences are rendered. Experience is always the greatest teacher & keeps it personal too.
What are your thoughts concerning this subject?
1 John 3:15 states: "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and we know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him".
1 John 2:9,10 states: "He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
1 John 4:20 states: "If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?"
Romans 12:9-21 states: "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly.
Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.
Respect what is right in the sight of all men. f possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mind, I will repay," says the Lord. "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, & thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."