Standing Up Against Hatred and Racism

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Rev. Kit B. Billings
LaPorte New Church Swedenborgian
1 John 3:11-18 | Leviticus 19:3-19, 32-33

The first essential, God’s loving others outside himself, is recognizable in God’s love for the entire human race. God’s love goes out and extends not only to good people and good things but also to evil people and evil things. It goes not only to the people and things that are in Heaven but also to those that are in Hell—not only to Michael and Gabriel but also to the Devil and Satan, for God is the same everywhere from eternity to eternity.

Diabolical love is a love for oneself. This is called love, but seen in its own right it is really hatred. It does not love anyone outside itself. It does not want to form a partnership with others in order to bless them; it wants to bless only itself. From deep inside, it constantly strives to dominate all others and to own the good things they have.


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