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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Flip Side of Hate


The Flip Side of Hate

When we watch the news today, it’s filled with grief, despair, & negativity. We see murders, kidnappings, violence, torture, & many forms of evil from every angle. So many times, the negativity hits us right in our own backyard, & unfortunately, sometimes in our very households.
Our families are subjected to watching tragedy on television, our children witness bullying in their schools, & parents aren’t really parenting anymore. In these days, we’re experiencing more hate,
Erika Whitehead
more fear, more uncertainty, & a lot less love. Where did the love go?
During this is time of year, we put special emphasis on love. Valentine’s Day wishes fill the airwaves, specialty gifts flood the grocery & department stores, & people go out of their way showing the love, they haven’t thought to show, the other 364 days of the year. People bombard the stores, purchasing love, vying for another persons heart or a temporary moment of meaningless affection. Many proposals happen & many life changing deals are made, but should real love be able to be purchased or negotiated in humanistic terms? Have we really reduced love to something to be obtained by financial means or temporary gain?
Hate comes in various forms just as love does. The world has sacrificed warm fuzzy feelings for greed, jealousy, & disrespect for the fellow man. Life no longer has value, whereas love comes with a price tag. Where do we draw the line & take back the idea of love? Is it too costly at this point? I think not! If Christ can freely give Himself for the love of us, who are we to consider the cost?
The bible discusses love in ways that the world has ultimately overlooked. In Galatians, it clearly states to “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” So are we seeing prime examples of people not loving themselves, by the violence we witness on the media? Even our children are displaying a disconnect between the love they (innately) believe to be & the love they exhibit. Where does it begin? Who teaches them the right way to love…Love & Hip Hop? Ok, nevermind, I digress.
So where do we begin? As we continue in Galatians, the apostle Paul describes the character traits of love…that cannot be bought from the sales rack at Nordstrom. Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control are the traits that describe the kind of  love we’re suppose to express towards each other. It’s not about the diamonds, gold, new outfits, new cars, houses, flowers, or even chocolates (as delightful as these temporary fixes may feel). Nothing can compare to the “genuine-ness” of abiding in the word of God, the Author of LOVE. No amount of money can compare to a person who chooses to exhibit the flip side of hate.
I’m a bible toting, walking testimony of God’s love for us. It saddens me because we are so blind, that we strive to put price tags on what God freely gives us, to share with others. What makes it so difficult for us to share with others without cost attached, is beyond my comprehension. In a world that tells us love comes from Tiffany Co., Christ shows us love goes beyond anything money could possibly purchase. I feel we as humans, have lost touch with true & sincere, selfless affection. I believe we’ve lost our ultimate purpose of being. Let’s learn to be inspired, to experience a priceless love all year round, instead of someone telling us when that should be. I’m living under the divine inspiration of AGAPE love!