Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Perfect Hatred Psalms
You who love the Lord, hate evil!(Psalms 97:10)
Tell me what you hate and I can tell you a great deal
about yourself. Hatred can be the strong side of righteousness, but it
needs a sign written on it with large red letters: Handle With Care.
Olive Moore, the
19th-century English writer, put words to this warning: “Be careful with
hatred. . . . Hatred is a passion requiring one hundred times the energy
of love. Keep it for a cause, not an individual. Keep it for intolerance,
injustice, stupidity. For hatred is the strength of the sensitive. Its
power and its greatness depend on the selflessness of its use.”
We tend to waste our hatred
on insignificant slights and differences. Comments made by a political
opponent may draw our venom. Angry letters written to the editor often
raise trivia to the level of significance because of the pathology of our
misdirected hatred. Churches fracture and split when hatred is directed
at people and not at the forces around us that destroy life and hope.
The old Methodist circuit
riders were described as men who hated nothing but sin. They took
seriously the admonitions of the psalmist, “You who love the Lord, hate
evil!” (Psalm 97:10), and of the prophet Amos who urged his hearers to
“hate evil, love good” (Amos 5:15).
PRAYER Dear Father, help us to handle hatred with utmost care. Help us to direct our hatred only at the things You despise. Teach us what it means to hate the sin and love the sinner. Amen. THOUGHT
FOR THE DAY If you can't hate what is evil, you can't love
what is good.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese
of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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