Sunday Inspiration: Hate and Pain


I imagine one of the reasons
people cling to their hates
so stubbornly
is because they sense,
once hate is gone,
they will be forced to deal
with pain.

-James Baldwin


  1. Terry Guerra on July 9, 2023 at 8:39 am

    I read this twice; it really makes sense.

  2. Delores on July 9, 2023 at 9:55 am

    This came at a good time. Hate is such a strong word—such a strong feeling. I think when on carries hatred in their heart, they can destroy themselves.

  3. Judy Zell on July 9, 2023 at 11:51 am

    I was a bit surprised to see “Hate” as the first word of your Sunday inspiration. Also a bit of a coincidence. My Bible study class discussed Psalm 139 this week. We were also surprised that after 16 verses of praise and adoration. the Psalmist starts talking about “hate” and “killing enemies.” We are more used to Jesus telling us to love our enemies. We concluded that we are supposed to hate the sin but love the sinner.

    • Emilie Richards on July 20, 2023 at 10:14 am

      I so appreciate Baldwin’s point here that pain is often underlying hate. A reason, at least, to try to love the sinner.

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