Hate Is . . . – A Poem

I recently started reading a book by Max Lucado called “A Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God’s Love.” Lucado has always been one of my favorite Christian authors, and this books is proving to be one of his good ones and just what I was needing to read.

Each chapter is based on a different verse of the famous love chapter of the Bible – 1 Corinthians 13. For example, the first chapter talks about how “Love is patient” and the second chapter is about how “Love is kind.”

When we read in 1 Corinthians what love is, it is easy to say to ourselves “I do all those things. I’m patient, I’m kind.” Thinking in terms of what love is it is easy to conclude that we do, in fact, love our neighbors as ourselves. But as I thought about this yesterday, I thought of a poem that looks at the issue from the opposite perspective. Rather than looking at what love is, I’ve been pondering what the opposite of love – that is, hate – is and realizing how sometimes I don’t measure up to the ideal of 1 Corinthians 13 as much as I’d like to think I do.

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So here is my poem illustrating what the opposite of 1 Corinthians 13 looks like.

Hate Is . . .

Hate is impatient,
toe tapping, eye-rolling,
in a hurry for instant gratification

Hate is mean,
treating others unkindly,
bullying, and insulting

Hate is envious,
not happy for others’ prosperity,
wanting what others have,
and for them not to have it

Hate is boastful,
puffed up, pointing to self-accomplishments,
not recognizing contributions of others

Hate is not humble,
but is arrogant, filled with hubris
proudly thinking oneself better than all,
pretentious and vain, always vain

Hate is rude,
abusive and insulting, vulgar,
disrespectful, and never caring for others

Hate is self-seeking,
it’s-all-about-me attitude,
selfish and egotistical, self-important

Hate is easily angered,
irritated by the slightest mistake,
hot-headed, unwilling to forgive

Hate keeps a record of wrongs,
every little sin catalogued and indexed,
ready as part of its arsenal of hostility

Hate delights in evil,
revels in rebelling against authority,
is pleased to go its own way

Hate despises truth,
closes its ears to teaching,
refuses instruction and correction

Hate attacks,
harms loved ones and strangers alike,
injures all in its way without care

Hate distrusts,
lacks faith in God or anything,
doubts there is anything good

Hate despairs,
has no hope for a future,
lives in misery and sorrow

Hate gives up,
at the smallest obstacle it gives in,
is defeated by the tiniest tribulation

Hate never wins

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


14 Responses

  1. Looking at this from the opposite side is extremely effective. IT was a serious look at hate… I loved the poem and it did make me pause and consider… great piece…

  2. it makes a great contrast to the Love is that we are used to and a lot of true statements about hate…it certainly eats us from the inside reforming us in its image…

  3. Beautiful, Linda
    Thanks for sharing.
    And after all hate is, it “never wins”! I, for one, am thankful.

  4. Beautiful. I guess if I had to sum up the opposite of love, meekness, mercy, and loving neighbor as self it would be the pride in ones heart that compels him to judge a fellow brother or sister in Christ according to political ideology. National politics long ago found its way into the pulpits with accusing terms such as ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’. And neither has anything to do with unity, forbearance, benevolence, and brotherly love. Both terms are intended to divide, accuse, judge, and cause harm to unity among brethren. And America is deeply wounded by its warring words.

    Again, beautiful poem. Timely.

  5. Wow Linda . . .I think this really helped me to look at it from the opposite side. I see what you mean and where I don’t measure up too. Great great work and insight from Him, to write this poem! God bless you as you follow where He leads!
    love and prayers!

    • Deb, I thought about actually not blogging this, but I couldn’t get it out of my head so I knew I had to. I especially like the last line: “Hate never wins.” But as Paul wrote, “Love never fails.” 🙂 Thanks for the prayers. Peace, Linda

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