My son and I have been doing a bible study on hate. It was brought on by the surprisingly fierce words, “I hate…” that came out of his mouth earlier this year. It’s been a big thing to work through and doing the study has rebuked me thoroughly as well.
Here is what we have discovered.
Yes he does.
Psalm 11:5 says,
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says,
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
and He wants us to hate as well…
Psalm 97:10 says,
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Jesus wants us to hate the life we lead, before we knew Him, and the kind of love we honoured, before we knew the love of God.
Luke 14:26 says,
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
The love of our family (even the very best of families) is a mere shadow of God’s love. That love cannot be our standard. If we are to follow Jesus we must put God’s love higher, we must receive his love fully without confusing it with other “loves”. Even love of our own family needs to be put to death. If we are going to be filled with the kind of redeeming love God has to give us it cannot be watered down, diluted. It’s good verses evil. Neither can truly live, in us, while the other survives.
With the love of God only in us, then we can love unconditionally. We can love deeply. We can love our family again in a way that covers over sin.
Proverbs 10:12 says,
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
God’s greatest command, is to love…
John 13:34-35 says,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In fact if we do not love people, we hate God…
1 John 4:20 says,
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 John 2:9 says,
Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
God says, if you do find the love of God, put aside all other loves, and follow him, into the work of loving the people of the world, don’t be surprised if the world decides to hate you in return.
1 John 3:13-14 says,
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
So, he gives us strategies. Ways to love in the face of hate and evil…
Leviticus 19:17 says,
Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Ephesians 4:29 says,
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Proverbs 15:1 says,
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
John 15:18 says,
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
Ephesians 4:26 says,
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,