“Anyone who hates another brother or sister
is really a murderer at heart.”
I’ve never thought of myself as a murderer, but there has been a person or two over the decades who has brought less than kindly thoughts out of my thinking.
John, in the above verse, tells me that any thought of hatred toward another is much darker, evil, and more violent than probably assumed. It’s not innocent at all. It’s murder! That’s a very strong accusation.
But John is right.
When we hate a brother, we deny their God-given individuality. We refuse to acknowledge they have worth or value. We despise them. We dishonor them. We think evil of them. We are as a prison warden wanting to banish them into solitary confinement and leave them to suffer in endless misery with no hope of consolation or compassion from anyone anywhere. In essence, we want them removed, eliminated, taken away, or as John says, murdered.
This is not a healthy way to think for ourselves or for others…
I think Jesus had a better way…”Love one another,” even when there’s a cross to bear to keep on loving.
The sentence of justice on a murderer is severe. The sentence on one who loves is heavenly—eternal life.
What’s your choice?