Today Alec Baldwin was indicted for involuntary manslaughter. Hate matters because it matters to God who made provision in His law. What not to do is/was kill a person. If an animal died, due to your negligence, compensation was required. (Another suggestion that we stop dressing our dogs and/or state that all dogs go to Heaven). In mid-Deuteronomy God even excuses the faint of heart. Those men (and never women) were not required to go to battle if it was too much for them. We are all different yet all made in the image of God. He instructed Moses about the creation of cities of refuge manned by Levitical priests. People who did not premeditate murder could escape for protection from the Exodus 21 Law of Retaliation. That person became a fugitive but received protection. God is our rescue and our strength. In my devotional, by Mary DeMuth, she describes Jesus as our city of refuge. Hate matters and the absence of hate matters to God. We fall short and sometimes we even hate. God’s law pre-Jesus was to purge evil. Today it is to cover us and forgive the “missing the mark” which is our constant battle. We are never worthy but God is ever patient and loves loves loves you.