Hatred, no matter how we slice it, is the opposite of love. Hate is malicious.

 It confuses and paralyzes life; it is spiritual suicide.


Hate is defined as to dislike intensely; to feel antipathy or

 great aversion towards. It is the emotion of intense dislike;

a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action. It is a

strong desire that evil should befall the person toward

whom the feeling is directed.

Hatred may occur in a wide variety of contexts, from hatred of inanimate objects or animals,

to hatred of other people, entire groups of people, people in general, existence,

or everything; themselves (misanthropy; self-loathing). 

Hate is the generic word, and implies that one is inflamed with extreme dislike.






When nursed... hatred divides.

 It is vindictive...


unproductive, and destructive.


 Hatred can take over one's mind...

poison human hearts...

and rob individuals of their peace and joy. 



 Synonyms -- To Hate, Abhor, Detest, Abominate, Loathe.

We abhor what is deeply repugnant to our sensibilities or feelings.

We detest what contradicts so utterly our principles and moral sentiments

that we feel bound to lift up our voice against it.

What we abominate does equal violence to our moral and religious sentiments.

What we loathe is offensive to our own nature, and excites complete disgust.




Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,

and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.

George Washington Carver 



“If the world hates you,
keep in mind that it hated Me first.
If you belonged to the world,
it would love you as its own.
As it is,
you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you
out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.
Remember the Words I spoke to you:
‘No servant is greater
than his Master.’
If they persecuted Me,
they will persecute you also.

God is love" (1 John 4:7,16),
yet Scripture makes it clear
there are some things He hates.


There are six things God hates,

seven that are detestable to Him:


haughty eyes,


a lying tongue,

☀ hands that shed innocent blood,


☀ a heart that devises wicked schemes,

☀ feet that are quick to rush into evil,

a false witness who pours out lies, and

☀ one who stirs up dissension among brothers.


Proverbs 6:16-19


The object of God's hatred is a who, not a what.
He hates the "One" -- i.e.: the person -- "Who spreads strife
among brothers" and "The false witness who utters lies."
The passage does not state God hates,
and finds to be an abomination, the spreading of strife
among brethren or the uttering of lies (that He is disgusted
by such actions is a given),
but rather the passage states He hates,
and finds to be an abomination,
the very "ONE who spreads strife among brothers"
and the "False WITNESS"
who is engaged in uttering lies about another.
The passage could not be any more clear!
It is the person who is wholeheartedly committed
to the promotion and performance of evil,
not just the person's actions!
Every aspect of their being is devoted to
the working of wickedness. 
Haughty Eyes
"Human pride will be humbled"
 Isaiah 2:11   
You save the humble,
but Your eyes are on the haughty
to bring them low.
 2 Samuel 22:28
You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are
 Psalm 18:27
Whoever slanders his neighbor in
secret, him will I put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes
and a proud heart,
him will I not endure.
 Psalm 101.5
 A Lying Tongue
"A tongue of deception" is unjust, vicious, fallacious, unrighteous, and corrupt.
The lying tongue desires, through  such vicious dishonesty, to do personal injury to another.
Thus, it is not just telling lies to cover one's own wickedness,
but the telling of lies to bring harm to another.

 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Proverbs 12:19
A fortune made by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
Proverbs 21:6 
A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Proverbs 26:28
 Hands That Shed Innocent Blood
Those who... intentionally murder....
are the hands that kill innocent people.
The shedding of innocent blood cries for vengeance,
and pulls down God's heavy judgments on the murderer.
"For judgment will be merciless
to one who has shown no mercy."
James 2:13 

  A Heart That Devises Wicked Schemes
 One with a perverted heart spreads strife and devises
evil continually.
The wicked consciously consider how to do that
which is hurtful to others.
It is malicious, vicious, vindictive scheming.
According to the Scriptures such people are an
abomination in God's sight!

The heart represents the will most often...
here it plots evil. 

Those who perversely scheme against others in their hearts
will reap a harvest of woe!
"These are they who use their inventive faculties, not for
the good but for the base and shameful purpose of bringing
some of their fellows into distress, if not into ruin.
This kind of will...is the devil's workshop in full bloom.
 Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

   Feet That Are Quick To Rush Into Evil
 Those who are quick to do wrong.
  They are eager to seize the opportunity
to bring harm and pain to all concerned.

These are evil people who can't wait

to get involved in all manner of evil.

They are couriers of ill news.



Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world

that we must love our enemies - or else?

The chain reaction of evil -

hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -

must be broken,

or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


When the Lord comes in judgment,

we shall reap what we have sown. 


 A False Witness Who Pours Out Lies

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor"

Exodus 20:16


Liars are depraved in mind and deprived of truth.

They bear testimony against another that is false.

A false witness defies our Maker, perverts justice, and wrongs the innocent.

Enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions

are satanic works of flesh.


He who passively accepts evil

is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

He who accepts evil without protesting against it

is really cooperating with it.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


       A Man Who Stirs Up Dissension

Among Brothers.

  "Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called sons of God."

Matthew 5:9

  Diabolical people destroy the harmony and unity of those

who ought to live together in brotherly affection. They stir

up dissension and seek to destroy peace. 

God is love" (1 John 4:7,16),
yet Scripture makes it clear
there are some things He hates.


“There is a time for hate"

Ecclesiastes 3:8





A righteous man hates falsehood,

         But a wicked man acts

disgustingly and shamefully. 

Proverbs 13:5



Indeed, exhortations to hate all manner of evil abound in

the Scriptures and God Himself hates every form of

immorality because of its harm to mankind.

Thus the book of Proverbs declares, "The fear of the Lord

is to hate evil." Likewise, King David declares regarding

the cruel: "I have hated them with a deep loathing.

They are as enemies to me." Hatred is a valid emotion - an

appropriate response - when directed at the truly evil: those

who have gone beyond the pale of human decency by

committing acts which unravel

the basic fabric of civilized living.


 “Hate what is evil, cling to what is good”

Romans 12:9


 I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality.
This is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.

Hatred darkens life; love illumines it. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


If you hate a person,

you hate something in him that is

part of yourself.

What isn't part of ourselves doesn't

disturb us. 

Hermann Hesse



 Hate is Spiritual suicide. It is a

destructive force. It can consume the

hater. It causes madness in the brain

and poison in the heart. Hate is a

murderer on the prowl... a demon

seeking prey. It is a deadly dis-ease

eating its way into the souls of people. It is a dread and

prostrating dis-ease that demands a radical cure. 



That old law about 'an eye for an eye'

leaves everybody blind.

The time is always right

to do the right thing.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast

difference between the two. What is obtained by love is

retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a

burden in reality for it increases hatred. 

Mohandas K. Gandhi

I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that

we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone

who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that

way, that war can solve the social problems facing mankind

is sleeping through a great revolution. President Kennedy

said on one occasion, "Mankind must put an end to war or

war will put an end to mankind."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


"I believe that it is impossible to end hatred
with hatred."
--Mahatma Gandhi, 23 November 1924

Most definitions of hate focus on the ways in which

hate-mongers see entire groups of people as the

"Other." When people transfer their fears and hatred to the

"Other," the targeted group becomes less than human.

Hate-mongers can then "justify" acts of violence

and degradation because

they have denied the humanity of their victims.


Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.

Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it.

Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it.

Bitterness sickens life; love heals it.

Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes. 

Harry Emerson Fosdick




Many may push the wrong buttons,

but, in love, we can write them off

as misdirected or uninformed!


Truth is hate,

to those who hate Truth.

The enemies of God are trying to make hate obsolete.

However, truth brings conviction. Conviction brings guilt.

Guilt brings shame. Shame brings remorse,

remorse brings repentance.

“Hate what is evil, cling to what is good”

Romans 12:9


Hatred stirs up


but love covers over all


Proverbs 10:12 


For the Lord is God,

and He created the Heavens and earth

and put everything in place.

He made the world to be lived in,

not to be a place of empty chaos.

Isaiah 45:18


Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love.

Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism.

It is the active outpouring of one's whole being into the

being of another.

--Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

Love lights more fire

than hate extinguishes.

Ella Wilcox


God is ready to set things right,

not in the distant future,

but right now. 

God is free to use people's sins to accomplish His purpose.

People will be held responsible for their cruelty and

arrogance. The evil ones feel secure in their wickedness.

They feel that no one sees them. They are pleasure lovers -

living at ease not realizing how their actions and taunt,

cruelty, and arrogance will reap all kinds of terrible

consequences and calamities.

They will be exposed and uncovered. They have been led

astray by their knowledge and wisdom. As a result...

devastation will overtake them and they won't be able to

charm it away or buy their way out. Unexpected

catastrophe will strike. All the advice and spells they've

used for all these years won't save them from what the

future holds. They will get no help. Their friends will turn a

deaf ear to their cries and go their own way. 


May we reflect on our actions

and think about their consequences.


We have come to know and rely

on the love that God has for us.

God is love,

and all who live in love live in God,

and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16 

“Hate what is evil, cling to what is good”

Romans 12:9


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