Many believers have been taught the misconception that it’s wrong to hate. However, today I beg to differ because the only way to wholeheartedly love one thing is to HATE the other. Think about it-if you wholeheartedly love the truth its only because you hate a lie. If you truly love helping others its because you hate to see people in need. The problem comes in when we begin to hate the WRONG THINGS. The Word of God specifically instructs us to hate things that are evil and love things that are righteous (Romans 12:9, New King James Version) but often times we do it the other way around. Some of us love and cling to evil people or things and then have the nerve to dislike and push away that which is righteous.
Then again, another problem comes into the picture when we begin to hate people. Now in Psalm 139:21-22 (NKJV) David says to God, “Do I not hate them , O Lord, who hate you? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. ” Now I believe this “perfect hatred” David speaks of is indeed righteous and rooted in love. I don’t believe this means he literally hates his enemies. However, it simply means He hates the sin or evil that works through his enemies. His adversaries hate and rise up against God, which are evil things to do. So David hates these evil works of His enemies; yet I can imagine He still loves them enough to help them if they were ever in need of basic necessities (food/water) which is what Proverbs 25:21-22 (NKJV) tells us to do.
So let me reassure you on today-there is nothing wrong with hate. We must hate sin and the work of the enemy in order to truly love God and all His good works. If we don’t, we might find ourselves straddling the fence, claiming to love God while still doing the works of the Devil. So I advise you to take an inventory of what you’ve been loving and hating here lately; then compare your list to the Word of God. Dig into the Word and find out exactly what you should be loving and hating! Then ask God for help in learning to wholeheartedly love everything that is righteous and have a perfect hatred against those things that are not of Him!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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