How do we deal with a virus? We avoid contact through hand washing, face covering and disinfecting. If we get infected, we seek treatment; to stop the virus from continually shutting down society, we do all that is possible to find a cure.
Hate is a virus, and when it infects a person, sooner than later that person becomes a menace to others. If the virus of hate is not contained through fairness and justice, it leads to social distancing and ultimately shuts down society.
Love is the cure to the hate-thy-neighbor-virus; a wiser man penned a poem to love; may his words inspire us to be and to do better in all our relationships:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.”
“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always
Always looks for the best [in others], Never looks back, But keeps going to the end…”
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.”
“And the best of the three is love.”
Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, The Message Bible (MSG) Translation