Love is the Answer, Not Hate
by Joanne Troppello
I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give someone is love. The Bible teaches in I Cor. 13:13 that “Now abide faith, hope, love, these; but the greatest of these is love.” I hope you don’t stop reading. I’m not going to start preaching. I just want to share my heart about the division in our country and the world today.
Do you remember the last time you were friendly to your neighbor or the last time someone held the door open for you when walking into the bank or grocery store? I’m calling myself out too with these questions. There is so much division in our country today. We can do our part to make a difference.
Of course, I understand that the media thrives on showing all the negativity in the world. Where you live, you may still have neighbors and other people being friendly. You might not live in a city like Portland, Oregon where Antifa is continually protesting and exhibiting violent behavior and causing mayhem while destroying property.
I live in a rural area and thankfully, we haven’t had to deal with any such protests and mob violence. Our neighbors are still generally friendly.
You Have Influence in the World
We all have influence in this world. Each action we take can spark a fire—which can be positive or negative. Each day I try to be a positive influence. However, I’m only human like everyone else and there are days that I don’t have much positivity to share.
Several months ago, I registered the hashtag #CCOTOnFire on Twubs. People can use this hashtag in their tweets on Twitter when sharing prayer requests, praise reports, and uplifting news with others who can pray with them and want to hear good news.
I hope you choose to love instead of hate.
I totally understand that we will never please every person all the time. Some people are unreasonable or ignorant on certain subjects and won’t listen to common sense and reason.
However, I still believe that we need to try to keep hope alive and make a difference where we can. Hopefully, if we continue to bring positivity into situations that are negative, we can change some minds. Of course, this will not always work, and sometimes you need to walk away because you cannot reason with unreasonable people.
However, if we all give up hope of ever making a difference in this world, where will that leave us? It will leave us in a dark place where hatred wins out over love. We rise by lifting others up, not tearing them down.
You Can Make a Difference
You can accomplish even more than you think of when trying to change the world for the better. Sure, it is hard to make a difference, but it is worth it in the end. Please keep trying to show love and help others in need—even if all you can do is share a smile with them or lend a listening ear.
Take personal responsibility for your actions. Grow into an emotionally intelligent person who knows how to respond and not react. You can move further along in life when you realize that your behavior has consequences. Stop complaining and be thankful for what you do have. Try to work hard and make your life better. Seek solutions, not all the reasons why you cannot love others.
Be a light in the world. We need more people to choose love over hate and kindness over disrespect. Sure, there will always be people with hard hearts and those who choose a darker path. However, each choice you make for good can bring more light into our hurting world. I totally understand that being on social media can test your patience. We all enjoy positive interactions with others—even those we disagree with—but sometimes we need to choose our battles. I choose not to engage with unreasonable people.
It takes a big-minded person to be open to new ideas.A small-minded person is too focused on the impossibilities. Always stay open to learning new things. It’s important to try to understand new ideas, even if you can’t agree with them. We can bridge the gap back to civility that way. We must stop talking “at” and “about” people, but start talking “to” them.
Remember that a little kindness can go a long way.
You may not feel like it, but you are valuable. Maybe you don’t feel loved. Know this—God loves you. He sent His Son to die on a cross for you. Even if you were the only person on earth, Jesus still would have died for you. Trust me, you are dearly loved.
Do you choose love over hate? In this video, I share why I think love is the greatest gift you can give to others. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – I Cor. 13:13
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.