Conquering hate

Many emotions linger in connection with the horrific attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001. Among them is the temptation to hate.

Christ Jesus gave important counsel on conquering hate. He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:43, 44, New King James Version).

Jesus followed his own advice. He conquered hate by relying on and reflecting the all-power of God, divine Love. He did this to show us how to conquer hate within ourselves, and thus stop hate from escalating into round after round of conflict. As Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Love must triumph over hate” (p. 43). 

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