When we have hate in our hearts, we seek to cause drama. We will post on social media, calling it a “rant” and talking in veiled terms about “some people.” We spew strife into the world with our words and stir up conflict. We “stir” the pot until the stink rises to the top and then we complain about the stink. Hate is extremely destructive. It seeks to expose weakness in others. Love, on the other hand, provides a covering. When we love someone, we seek to protect them. A parent whose child gets in trouble at school shows love by not shaming that child in public. A wife who loves her husband does not reveal his shortcomings to her girlfriends over dinner. Love covers. It protects. It doesn’t mean that love turns a blind eye to sin or wrong-doing. That parent will still discipline that child at home. That wife will still deal with her husband at home. But our love never strives to expose the weakness of others.
And we pray:
Lord, Help me to always show love. Help me to cover those I love and protect those who need protecting. Help me to stay away from “haters” who desire only to stir up conflict and disrupt peace. Amen.