“Everything with me is either worship and passion or pity and understanding. I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously.”
- Anais Nin, Henry and June: From “A Journal of Love”
“O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant, feind angelical, dove feather raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despised substance of devinest show, just opposite to what thou justly seemest -
A dammed saint, an honourable villain!”
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
It is difficult to have to sit back and watch helplessly while someone you love is mercilessly devoured by a force out of your control. It may be even more difficult to resist the urge to respond to the tormenter with hate.
I grew up being taught to love my enemies - to pray for them. I was taught to turn the other cheek and to not return evil with evil. I mocked catchphrases like, “hate the sin but love the sinner” but I still applied those ideals and welcomed anyone and everyone into my life with open arms - perhaps too open.
Today’s offering is a flippant one. I hope you understand that I am actively resisting hate rather than pursuing it. I am not guiltless but I am hopeful that I’m able to rise above and not stoop to the same tactics that horrible people are actively implementing against my precious daughter.
For Bible haters, feel free to close the browser window now. For those interested, here’s a short list of reminders for me and you - if you are resisting the urge to hate:
Exodus 23:5 / Leviticus 19:18 / Job 31:29-30 / Psalm 1:1-6 / Proverbs 10:12 / Proverbs 25:21-22 / Obadiah 1:12-13 / Matthew 5:43-48 / Mark 11:25 / Luke 6:27-36 / Romans 12:14-21 / Romans 13:8-10 / 1 Corinthians 16:14 / Ephesians 4:32 / 1 Peter 3:9
There is much more where that came from and I don’t particularly appreciate it at this very moment.
Blessed may you be if you are being persecuted (Matthew 5:11)
May your day be full of love.