There is a hash tag being tossed about. It’s about love. It’s about hate. It’s about how we can conquer evil and pain and hurt and sin with love. We try to defeat a four letter word with another four letter word. Let’s apply the wisdom of the ages to this cultural situation and see if we can come up with truth about love and hate.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not shout profanities in the streets.
Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant, it does not mock the infirmed.
Love does not threaten to blow up things.
It does not print rude slogans on signs.
It does not insist on its own way; or harass those with differing viewpoints.
It is not irritable or resentful; it does not destroy or burn or steal.
It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, forgives all things
Love never ends. As for prophecies, tongues, and knowledge, they will pass away;
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways, like threats and fits.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Whether we bleed red, white, blue or rainbow, we are called to love. This truth applies to all—love our enemies, love our neighbors as ourselves, love as God loves us. Hatred stirs up strife and we got ourselves a nation full of strife.
But love covers a multitude of sins.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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