Two Kinds Of Hatred

I shall call one kind of hatred active and the other kind passive. Active hatred will commit direct offenses against the hated one. It will lie to him, steal from him, kill him or do him some other kind of harm. Passive hatred will do nothing to help one who has a need. Passive hatred is just as evil as active hatred.

James 4:17: Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

People clearly understand active hatred. But many will deny that passive hatred is really hatred. They will believe that they cannot possibly love everyone. They will believe they cannot possibly help everyone. While it is true that we cannot help everyone we can ask the Lord who CAN help them to do it. We can at least pray. We should not let the fact that we cannot help everyone make us unwilling to try. Quite often when we pray for others the Lord will make us the instruments by which he will help them. He will show us ways to be helpful.

Some people will elevate their passive hatred into active hatred by isolating themselves from others so that they will not see their need. They actually plan their passive hatred without admitting that it is hatred. They put their head in the sand. Isolationism reveals a selfish purpose. Being a loner can be one way to hate. Love will seek to know the needs of others and to meet them.

Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

The lawyer asked in verse 29: Who is my neighbor? In the next few verses Jesus taught about the good Samaritan. One principle Jesus taught in the story was that the neighbor we are to love is anyone we encounter that has a need we can meet. Another principle of the story is that we are not to look the other way.

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