I think a lot of us forget the reason why we are here, what we are meant to do. Many of us turn to violence, hate, unforgiveness, etc. to deal with problems in our lives. Why did Jesus come though? He came to love us, to be an example to us of how to treat our neighbors. He never resorted to violence, hatred, unforgiveness or anything else when love didn’t get him out of the situation. No, he kept loving, kept forgiving, kept laying himself down for us. The most important commandment is to love God by loving others. How can we call God lord if we don’t obey him, if we don’t do as he did?
I often say “Hate, depression, anger, and many more are like a virus, they spread very quickly and are not easy to deal with. Although love is the cure, it’s slower, but it’s permanent, once fully healed the virus can’t come back.” It’s very much like the way our immune system works. At first, it doesn’t know how to deal with a disease, but once it finds a way to get rid of it then starts multiplying very quickly. Once it has gotten rid of the disease it leaves behind memory cells, so that if it comes back it then it knows how to fight it.
Be part of the cure, not part of the virus. How do you know if you are part of the cure? If any of your actions come out of love it’s part of the cure. If you have to try to justify your actions or say “I only did it because…” then you are being part of the virus.