Jesus rejected hatred. It was not because he lacked the vitality or the strength. It was not because he lacked the incentive. Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, death to communion with his [Creator]. He affirmed life; hatred was the great denial. To him it was clear
Thou must not make division
Thy mind, heart, soul and strength must ever search
To find the way by which the road
To all [human]’s need of Thee must go.
This is the Highway of the Lord.
—Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited (p88)