To Love? — Or To Hate!

Helpful thoughts and verses on love, hate, bitterness, forgiveness and mercy!

  1. “And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: For love shall cover a multitude of sins.”-1 Peter 4:8.
  2. “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the breth­ren. He that does not love his brother remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”-1 John 3:14,15.

  3. “If a man say, ‘I love God.’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; For he that does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God Whom he has not seen? And He has given us this command: “That he who loves God love his brother also.'”–1 John 4:20-21.

  4. “At one time we…lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God appeared, He saved us.”-Titus 3:3-5.

  5. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven.”-Luke 6:36-37.

  6. “Bear with one another, and forgive whatever grievances you have against one another. Forgive as Christ forgave you.”- Colossians 3:13.

  7. “Do not despise your brother in your heart. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself.”-Lev.19:17-18.

  8. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father in Heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you only love those Who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?-Matthew 5:43-47.

  9. The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; proba­bly because they are often the same people!

  10. We have to love God in order to love our neighbour, because only His Love in us can help us do the humanly impossible: To love others who we would normally dislike!

  11. If you don’t love somebody, they can’t even walk across the floor without your finding fault with the way they do it!

  12. “Since God so loved us, we ought to love one another also.”-1 John 4:11.

  13. Even if you don’t like someone, you can still love them’

  14. “These things I command you, that you love one another.”-John 15:17.

  15. Hatred is an acid that does far more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the object on which it is poured.

  16. Revenge is a poor victory. To kill a hornet after it has stung you was never known to make the wound heal any faster.

  17. The best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends.

  18. He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.

  19. “Judgment without mercy shall be shown to him that has shown no mercy. Remember, mercy rejoices to triumph over judgment.” –James 2:13.

  20. Two people can’t hate each other if they both truly love God.

  21. “Anyone who claims to be ‘in the Light’ but hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the Light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”-1 John 2:9-11.

  22. Fear, tension and hatred all breed the various psychological and nervous diseases as well as the natural physiological diseases like heart trouble and stomach ulcers. Nearly all severe cases of arthritis are psychosomatic, most frequently caused by bitterness and hatred and a negative atti­tude toward life. These cause the literal building up of poisons in the body that in turn cause the congestion and pain in the joints.

  23. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you.”–Ephesians 4:32.

  24. Those who say they forgive but can’t forget, simply bury the hatchet but leave enough of the handle in sight to be able to quickly grab it again later.

  25. Forgiveness is the noblest revenge. The remedy for wrongs is to forgive and for­get them.

  26. He drew a circle that shut me out, but love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.

  27. “A new command I give to you, that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you ought to love one another.”-John 13:34.

  28. Forgiveness is the fragrance the flower sheds on the heel that crushed it.

  29. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love comes from God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. He that does not love does not know God, for God is Love.”-1 John 4:7-8.

  30. God will give you supernatural love to love people you don’t even like!-You don’t have to like them, but you have to love them!

  31. Does “Love suffer long and then fi­nally blow up in anger”? No, “love suffers long and is still kind!”-1 Corinthians 13:4.

  32. Instead of putting others in their place, try putting yourself in their place.

  33. “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, having compassion for one another, love as brothers, be compassionate, be courteous.”-1 Peter 3:8.

  34. If you can’t love your brother or sister, your husband or wife, your leader or follower, or your mother or father whom you have seen, how are you going to love God or total strangers whom ye have not seen?- 1 John 4:20.

  35. Do you want the key to every heart? -Try love!-It never fails!-Because God is Love, and it’s impossible for Him to fail!

  36. “See to it that you love one another with a pure heart fervently.”-1 Peter 1:32.

  37. Doctors tell us that hating people can cause cancer, heart attacks, headaches, skin rashes and asthma. It doesn’t make the people we hate feel too good either.

  38. If you love your neighbour as yourself, you’ll put yourself in his place, and wonder how you would feel if you were there.

  39. “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself .”-Matthew 22:39.

  40. Justice has no mercy. Justice just decides if a thing is right or wrong, and that’s it. But love and mercy, though they know the sinner’s wrong, they forgive.

  41. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”-Matthew 5:7

  42. “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”-Matthew 5:23-24.

  43. Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It has the power to break the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfish­ness.

  44. “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; But if you do not forgive men their sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins.”-Matthew 6:14-15.

  45. If we’re only going to be forgiven the way we forgive others and be shown the mercy that we show others, some people are going to be in a pretty bad fix!

  46. If you don’t have enough love to forgive, you don’t have love-because for­giveness is love!

  47. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things …Love never fails!”-1 Corinthians 13:7,8a.



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