The divine response

Is it really possible to meet hatred with love? What happens when we do?

Consider for a moment the possibility that you or I or any individual or nation is not the original source, or the cause, of hatred. Only hatred hates. And hating or feeling hated is imposed on us by something very foreign to our genuine nature. As the Bible says of fear, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Tim. 1:7. So perhaps it is also true that there really is nothing truly native to us that hates or wants to hate.

Then, why do we see so much injustice, intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, and inhumanity in the world? Moreover, why does it so often seem so very hard to love? One answer might be that we have wrongly identified prejudice, intolerance, or hatred as being in us and in others and have misunderstood what it is we are to love in ourselves and in others.

The realness of what we long for
January 16, 1989

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