He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:9-11
Everyone ever heard the apostle John wrote that God is love (1 John 4:8). In any language, the opposite of love is hate. Therefore, if God is love, hate never comes from Him. In John 3:16 we read: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was a supreme act of love of God. Although mankind had hated God out of his way, the response of the Creator came unaccompanied by hate but love.
I remember a story I heard long time ago from a woman who was sick of a strange illness which no physician discovered the origin. This woman had been subjected to all kind of analysis without finding the cause of her illness. Finally, a doctor went to visit her at her apartment on the third floor of a residential building. The doctor was talking to her when the woman suddenly rose from her seat and said to him, pointing to another woman walking down the street. “That woman is my neighbor, I hate her with all my heart”
The doctor realized that the source of the strange illness of this woman was in hatred she felt towards her neighbor. The woman was not only hatred but also harbored unforgiveness and roots of bitterness in her heart. All those feelings had become ill to the point that no therapy was effective in combating the disease. Obviously she needed to change these harmful feelings that God works according to the fruit of His Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).
Hate leads to a host of ills, which can only be overcome by love. Proverbs 10:12 says: Hatred stirs up strife; but love covers all sins. Because hate come hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, jealousy and murder, among others. None of these things is good, but quite the opposite. All are called works of the flesh by Paul in Galatians 5: 19-21.
Hate our neighbor is a clear indication that we are not in God’s way, no matter how religious we appear to others. In the same way that light and darkness oppose each other, hate and love are completely opposite poles. When we walk with someone, some of the things we’re stuck. It is likely to inadvertently imitate gestures and way of speaking of our closest friends. Similarly, when we are close to God, we imitate what comes from Him. Therefore, hatred is absent in anyone who has a relationship with God. Instead, love, forgiveness and mercy will prevail. God bless you.