STOP AND THINK – Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. (Martin Luther King Jr., 20th century civil rights leader)
Light is an amazing phenomenon. Darkness can be dispelled by just a little light, like a match. But you can’t bring a “darkness candle” into a lighted room and dispel the light. King makes the obvious comparison to the emotions of love and hate. It’s true that hatred can replace love, but only love can eradicate hate.
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs (Proverbs 10:12).