What It Means:
The way we think matters to God. (Jeremiah 17:10) While we should avoid saying or doing anything hateful, we need to go further. The cycle of hatred begins in the mind and heart. Therefore, we must root out any hint of hatred from our thoughts and feelings. Only then can we truly “be transformed” and break the cycle of hatred.
What You Can Do:
Take an honest look at how you think and feel about others—especially those of another race or nationality. Ask yourself: ‘How do I view them? Is my viewpoint based on what I personally know about them? Or is it based on prejudice?’ Avoid social media, movies, or entertainment that feature hatred and violence.
God’s Word can help us overcome hatred in our heart and mind
It is not always easy to evaluate our own thoughts and feelings objectively. But God’s Word can help us to “discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) So keep examining the Bible. Compare its teachings with your thinking, and do your best to bring your thinking in line with what the Bible teaches. God’s Word can help us overcome hatred that is “strongly entrenched” in our mind and heart.—2 Corinthians 10:4, 5.