“If a man says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love the brother before his eyes how can he love the one beyond his sight?” (I John 4: 20, JB Phillips New Testament)
Don’t be a liar. Love for God is not truly love if it excludes His creation, those whom He has brought into our experience. To hate anyone, is to dishonor God, for God is Love itself. He includes no hatred, no evil, and made nothing inferior to scorn or put down.
To love God, good, and to worship Him honestly, we must love others. We can begin by recognizing that these individuals are fellow children of God. They are truly our brothers and sisters, born of the same divine Father-Mother, made to express His own qualities and equally loved by Him. We can recognize that our own fears and limited perspectives are not excuses for hate, nor do they bring forth wise or helpful actions.
When we love God truly, we feel His Love as well. Harboring hatred toward others in our hearts limits the fullness of God’s love in us, His Truth and Life in us. Hatred is a killer. It can incite actions that hurt another, and it is also harmful to those who harbor the hatred. What is not Love deprives one of power, peace, and joy.
Let’s be true to God. Let’s consciously learn to give up hatred (malice, spite, revenge, envy, prejudice, false judgment) and to relish the opportunity to love one another and to see just how wonderful and freeing that feels!
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