Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
~ 1 John 2:9-11, ESV ~
We are more generous toward other people when we are capable of finding our authentic self and living out in the divine Love God has revealed. Yet, there are times when we lend ourselves in thinking too much about what is wrong with others and how they ought to change. That is a form of hatred. If we are searching for what we have power to change within our families, in our friendships, within our communities, and society, we are more than capable of learning to be big enough to set aside our own fears.
Do we bear ill will toward other people? Honest within ourselves begets a sense of fear in how we may relate to other people. What is it that we truly are afraid of when it comes to our relationship with God and others? Perhaps others may fear us in the same way we may fear them. When we live in God’s divine love for Him, for ourselves, and for other people, the hatred resolves without any further effort. It is only when we come to that place of honesty and transparency between God and us where we are able to confront our hatred and fears of other people. Only then are we in tuned to the authentic self.
Today, let us remember we have the inner strength through Jesus Christ to face our fears and not send them outward as hatred toward others.