“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded him.” (1 John 2:9-11)
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20)
“Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone.” (Gautama Buddha)
I’m so tired of all the hatred. It’s everywhere – and it seems to be getting worse. It’s especially troublesome in people who should know better: Republicans (God lovers?) hating Democrats; Christians (God lovers?) hating Muslims, gays, women, etc.
When will we all learn that hatred, judgement and condemnation of others can never bring us peace, happiness and joy? Only love begets love.
This doesn’t mean we will ever agree on all things. We’re meant to have our differences – but we’re also meant to be respectful and compassionate, regardless of the differences.
We can do our part to end hatred, yelling and fighting by refusing to be pulled into such negative energy. If we cannot share love, let us at least remain silent.