All beings long for and demonstrate an inherent need for love. Hatred is the byproduct of lost love. In other words, when someone feels or expresses hatred, it is because there is no love.
Both love and hatred are manifest in different ways. For example, a person can love a specific food, like pizza. On the other hand, a person can hate the smell of coffee. One might see these examples as being a strong like or dislike rather than love or hatred. In other situations, a person may feel a strong urge to be with another person. This could be interpreted as love or strong “like”. One could experience a form of love for a classmate at school or a colleague at the office. If someone has assisted them in an endeavor or a helped them through a problem, feelings toward that person could be a form of love. Likewise, if someone has done harm in some way or damaged someone’s ego, they may have a strong dislike for that person. The amount of love or hate felt will vary depending on how they are affected.
Love begins at conception, in the womb, as soon as the mother realizes she is with child. This love transmits through the flesh into the unborn child. Then, at birth, the newborn infant struggles to return to its place of comfort; its mother’s womb. Almost as if free falling, the infant wants to regain the comfort lost it had inside the womb. Studies have shown in mammals, that when breath is achieved, the newborn seeks to regain lost comfort. Infant monkeys, taken at birth from their mother, will direct their love toward any tangible object they encounter. In the normal human birthing process, the infant is given to the mother and the maternal bond is formed. Thus, the cycle of life begins with love. God created life in this manner so that we might someday love Him.
As the infant grows, its love naturally flows from love of self to the love of the mother, then to others. Young children at first, show love to almost everyone. As adults, love becomes more selective. There are things and people to love and things and people not to love due to life experiences. In most cases, love matures and moves to the love of one person. An adult person may fall in love so strongly, that they love another person as much as they love themselves. When this happens, a person reaches the highest level of human love in the cycle of life. It is as God has intended for man.
But God has created man so that man will love Him above all others. In the Bible, Jesus says to love God with whole heart, whole mind, whole soul and all your strength, and love others as ourselves. He created all men out of love and wants men to love Him and others as He loves them. This is His goal for every human being. Eternal life with God in heaven is based on reaching perfect love for Him.
No man is perfect, but because of God’s limitless love, all men can be made perfect by striving to love God every day and by keeping His commandments. In the Gospel of John Chapter 15: verses 9-10, Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete”
The Bible, divinely inspired, gives man the commandments. “If you keep my commandments” means all of them, not some of them. If you do not keep the commandments how much do you love God? How many people today even know the commandments? If a man loves others as he loves himself is that how much he should love God? It is not. God wants man to love Him above all others.
God’s love for us is perfect. So must our love be perfect for Him. Our goal in life should be to love God above all others. If we can accomplish this, our reward will be great in heaven.