Need to move on from hate? These 5 Bible verses can help

In the heat of the moment or after a sustained attack on our spirit by others, we can feel as though we have every right to hate. How is it possible that those who do us wrong and have no regrets are deserving of our love and compassion? Well, just like we're not deserving of God's love and compassion but receive it regardless so are we called to extend such kindness to people whether or not we think they deserve it.

John 15:18-19 - If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (Pixabay)
1 John 2:9-11 - Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. (Pixabay)
1 John 4:20 - Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. (Pixabay)
Leviticus 19:17 - You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbour, lest you incur sin because of him. (Pixabay)
Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. (Pixabay)

Jesus was wronged more than any of us ever will be, but he chose love over hate in response. As In the moments before his death, Jesus said: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing," (Luke 23:34) as lots were cast to divide up his clothing.

No matter how hard we find it to forgive someone for hurting us, how great we believe the injustice that we've suffered is or how impossible someone's sin against us is to forgive, Jesus shows us there is always a choice to act in love and not hate (Hebrews 2:18).

The lure of hatred can be tempting and sometimes it can be so subtle that we don't even realise that we're guilty of it until God shines a light on it for us. But whether we're fighting the unholy urge to hate others or are working to overcome feelings of hatred that we already have for an individual,

Although hate has the power to damage us and those around us, love is so much more powerful and restores us, renews us and removes the destructive effects that accompany a desire to carry out retribution and dismiss the concept of forgiveness.

The slideshow above offers some Bible verses tohelp us build up a picture of why there's no place for hate in the heart of a Christian.