A morning Blog:
Hate As A Loving Thing.
We talk of the importance of ‘love’ and often perceive ‘hate’ as the opposite to ‘love’. However we need to be less ‘polarized’ in our assumptions. Hate, can be a ‘loving thing’; and is an important part in truly loving the Lord.
“You who love the Lord; Hate Evil” – Psalms 97:10
Here in the Psalms is a directive to ‘hate” that is inseparably linked to ‘loving’ the Lord.
The command to all who ‘love the Lord’ is to ‘hate’ evil.
We learn then that ‘Hate’ in it self is not always a catagorically ‘bad thing’. Hate can be, and is a ‘good’ and ‘right’ thing in the correct context.
Here is such a context where ‘hate’ is a good, right and indeed a ‘loving’ thing.
Those who Love the Lord are to ‘Hate’ evil.
Hate comes from the Hebrew word transliterated: ‘Sane’.
When taken in context with the idea of ‘hating evil’ – ie. hating that which is wrong, injurious, bad, wicked; ones mind readily jumps to the English sense what being ‘Sane’ means and can easily appreciate the connection between the ‘insanity of a world’ that loves Evil, promotes what is sinful, injurious, wrong as defined by the authority of an all knowing, loving God. At least as those who love the Lord.
The world is growing more insane everyday in its rebellion against the morals and values ordained by God.
Sanity is restored as we learn to ‘hate’ evil and do ‘right’ as God defines it.
If we love the Lord, we will hate evil as he does.
To not hate evil is glaring evidence that one does not really love the Lord; at least as he or she ought.
Hating evil is part of a maturing process for a believer in coming to love the Lord as he calls us too.
As part of his love for the Lord David writes:
‘I hate every false way’ – Ps.119:28, &104
‘I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.’ – Ps.119:163
‘I hate vain thoughts’ – Ps.119:113
Others Scriptures contribute:
‘The froward mouth i do hate’ – Proverbs 8:13
‘I hate the work of them who turn aside’ – Psalm 101:3
Proverbs 6:16 speaks of seven things the Lord hates.
God hates all these evil things and more. If we Love the Lord; we will truly hate them too.
Love has many facets, and hating what God hates is a ‘Loving thing’.