Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins. – Proverbs 10.12
If there were ever a verse that our world needs it is this:
Hatred causes trouble
Love overcomes sins
There can be no doubt that our hate filled world is getting more and more hate filled. Anger is everywhere. The solution to everything seems to be more hatred and anger and strife.
And so the vicious hatred cycle continues and only trouble abounds. Christians have been caught up in a world that says it is okay to be ugly and angry and hate-filled and mean-spirited. We have adopted the methods of the world and brag about. I certainly hope that Facebook and Twitter are not what is really going on in Christian’s hearts.
Hatred stirs up trouble.
But love covers all sins. That of course doesn’t mean that love simply covers up sin. It means that loves overcomes sins. Love breaks the cycle of hatred and anger. Love is our ultimate weapon. When we resort to hatred and anger and strife we ignore our greatest tool in fighting the enemy. Our battle cry is love.
‘Love your enemies’ Jesus said. ‘Do good to those who hate you. Bless them in response to their curses against you.’
Paul tells exactly what our response the world’s hatred must be in 1 Corinthians 14 – pursue love.