Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.(Proverbs 10:12)
In this proverb we see two very powerful words, two powerful emotions – hate and love. No doubt at some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced both. A fact that may surprise you is that love and hatred share some qualities.
•Both are conditions of the heart. Neither love nor hate are temporary or responsive feelings, but rather a chronic condition.
•Both are self-sustaining. Each one bears fruit after its own kind. The heart that is full of hatred has no hope of peace or joy. It is filled with strife, discontentment, bitterness, anger. In other words the woman whose heart is filled hate with will be miserable, and so will everyone around her.
From the heart of love flows contentment, promise, peace, humility. It is the heart of that quiet, gentle spirit that Proverbs 31 talks about.This is the heart of the woman who brings light into the lives of all who have the pleasure of being in her presence.
•Both are self justifying. Each one turns to its source for strength. Hate abides in darkness. It makes excuses for its existence. Hate lives in a constant state of denial and refuses to accept responsibility for its condition.
The heart filled with love lives in the light. It seeks out joy, is full of hope, finds fulfillment in serving others. This is the heart that embraces truth, knowing that only the love of Christ can keep it strong.
As we begin a new week, might this be a good time for a heart check-a self examination? As the proverb teaches, love and hate can not co-exist, one will always overtake the other. The choice of which will win is our own. If we ask Him, Jesus, our Great Physician, will remove any hardness from our hearts and and give us a new, healthy heart of love. And that dear ones, is a very good thing!