Scripture: “Though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” Proverbs 26:26
Hatred is not evil if we hate the “right” thing such as lies, corruption, covetousness, drunkenness, insincerity, injustice etc. But if we hate doing what we are supposed to do such as performing a good deed and love doing what we are not supposed to do such as instigating racial disharmony, sowing seed of discontent and hatred within a community, using religion as a front to create disturbance, or even hating one own self and blaming his own fate, that kind of hatred is destructive.
Whatever the reason for hating someone, the consequence of it is unfavorable. No one with hatred can have peace of mind. From hatred it develops into bitterness and from there, prompts one to harbor ill intention and a revengeful mindset. Meanwhile, there are people who appear to be doing good but are insincere. Because they just can not let go such bitterness, they live a miserable life.
Hatred is cancerous, it will destroy relationship within family, destroy communal living, destroy unity within a nation and last but not least, destroy own self. The best medicine for curing hatred is love and the source of eternal love is God. Because of God’s love, we can deal with hatred and not let ourselves be overwhelmed by such negative feelings. May God find our hearts filled with love and no hatred for others, thus making us His worthy vessels for building His everlasting kingdom on earth.