He who loves his brother abides in the light… but he who hates his brother… walks in darkness. 1 John 2:10-11 [NKJV]
Webster defines hatred as “a hostility, aversion, or dislike usually derived from fear, anger, or injury.” This is exceedingly helpful as we look toward obeying our Lord’s commandment to love.
Our fear makes us hate. Sometimes without true data-based confirmation, we feel someone does not like us. Our fear and anticipated rejection elicits aversion. Our anger makes us hate. We have been wronged, legitimately wronged! “She injured me! I hate her!” This is why faith and forgiveness are so important in [Father] God’s value system. If we have faith, we do not give place to our unsubstantiated fears. If we have forgiveness, we don’t entertain our anger or our hatred.
“But,” you say, “those are easy platitudes; if only you understood the degree of injury,…”
If God calls us to love, there must be some provision for the really difficult-to-love cases. This provision is called forgiveness.
Do you hate somebody?
How about a slight aversion?
Lord, give us the capacity to forgive.
Hayford, Jack; and Middlebrook, Sam, Living the Spirit Filled Life, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1992.