Love vs. Hate

Read: 1 John 4:7-12

This past Sunday I shared a message from 1 Corinthians 13 which is often known as the love chapter. In that message I contrasted God’s examples of love with the world’s examples of hate. If you want to listen to the entire message you can find it at this link on our website.

I shared a quote from the end of a movie I recently watched about the life of Nelson Mandela entitled “A Long Walk to Freedom.” That quote and this passage from 1 John 4:7-12 are the focus of my meditations this week and I invite you to make them yours.

The quote at the end of the movie said…. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or background or religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

I cannot add much more to that other than to say, let’s teach love, live love, and preach love as an alternative voice to all of the hate in our world. 1 John 4:7-8 says, “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Make it personal: Make a conscious effort this week to live in love and teach it as an alternative voice to hatred. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Amen!

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church