MORE CONTROVERSY! Or, at least, some will think so. In the Epistle for today, we see John speaking about love. John was both a disciple and an apostle, and he was with Jesus when he ministered to all kinds of people, from the elite to the outcasts and even outsiders. We have no record of Jesus denying anything to anyone, not even the woman of Canaan, an outsider.
In light of that and what John says about love, it is obvious that love is not merely important, it is central to Christianity. This should be sufficient answer to those who try to claim that hate is a Christian value!