Monday, June 1, 2020

Hating Hate

By Ron Adams

Hate defined:
To feel hostility or animosity toward. To detest.
A feeling of utter hostility and disgust.

  Today, some detest, abhor, and loathe anyone who hates. [Note: "detest, abhor, and loathe" are synonymous with "hate."] Love is said to be antagonistic to hate. However, assaults on innocent children, inhuman treatment of others, bilking the elderly, along with other heinous crimes give rise to feelings of hate. There is everything right and nothing wrong hating such things. Hate is a God-given and God-sanctioned emotion.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)."
Ephesians 2:4-5

"There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies,
One who spreads strife among brothers."
Proverbs 6:16-19

God also hates ...
Abominable acts (Deu.12:31);
Divorce (Mal.2:16);
Homosexuality (Lev.18:22);
Vain idols (Psa.31:6);
Sacred pillars erected to worship other gods. (Deu.16:22).

"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate."
Proverbs 8:13

Hate evil, love good.
Psalms 97:10, Amos 5:15

- F.Y.C. is a monthly publication by Ron Adams. Bible references are from the NASB except where another translation is referenced. Back issues are archived at Be thoughtful and kind. All rights reserved. © 2017

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