“‘There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?‘ Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’ And He said to him, ‘You have rightly judged.’”- Luke 7:41-43
Those who have been forgiven of much, love much.
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:15
John tells us that to hate a fellow believer is the same as murdering them.
Actually, it’s worse.
It’s worse because you do it repeatedly; you kill their character over and over, you kill their reputation over and over, and you kill their name over and over.
No one possessing the Holy Spirit could ever hate their fellow elect. Anger and disputes are inevitable. But hate? No. The pagans hate. We have a higher calling.
By definition, Christians are striving to be increasingly more Christ-like. Christ personified compassion, mercy, and… forgiveness.