Why do we harbor hate in our life? Sometimes our hearts become dark with anger and bitterness. Why?
We have personalities. We have different likes and dislikes. We get along with some people and others we dislike. Someone says or does something that deeply hurts us and we become angry. Perhaps they infringed on our rights, stole our money, had an affair with our spouse, or damaged our property. Maybe the dream of your life has been shattered.
Hate often grows out of our dislikes, irritations, and hurts. Especially if we cannot easily change our environment. Resentment builds within us because we are being hurt or our dream is unfulfilled. We begin to hate.
The scriptures identify the human heart as those who were “sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”
However, we are called to abandon a lifestyle of hatred and bitterness. Read the Gospel of Matthew as you journey to replace hatred with love and find life in Jesus.