Reflections on Ecclesiastes - Part 5

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
We often like to have formulas that tell us what to do in all situations, but life is more nuanced than that. There is truly a time for everything depending on the specifics of any given situation. Our society is very much a "positive" society, and rarely thinks it is appropriate to die, pluck up, kill, break down, lose, cast away, tear, hate, or have war.  However, it is the "negative" things often show the "positive" things in a clear and powerful way. Peace is worth fighting for. Hating evil shows our love for good.

If there is never a time to hate, then what does it mean to love?


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