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Yesterday I introduced Part 1 of this bible investigation into “hate”. That my son and I have done in response to very strong feelings he was having towards someone. Yesterday I talked about what God hates and what he calls us to hate. Then we looked at what he he calls us to love.
One quote I would like to add here is …
1 John 4:8 says,
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God does not just love us, or have feelings of love toward us, he is love. So, how can pure love can be capable of hate. But again, God’s hate is not a feeling. God hates in such a way that the two, love and hate, cannot mingle or combine or cohabit, hate literally bounces off love. It cannot penetrate. So what God hates will never enter God. It will never exist as part of him, only outside of him. That is how we are to hate. The hate does not become part of us and we do not dwell in it.
If we want to cohabit with God, coexist with him, we too must be hate’s bouncer. Here are some more strategies we found for dealing with haters and not letting hate overcome us.
Matthew 7:1-29 says,
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Titus 3:2 says,
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Romans 12:9 says,
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Matthew 5:43-47 says,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Proverbs 13:24 says,
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
James 1:19-20 says,
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Romans 12:1-21 says,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Matthew 5:23-24 says,
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
God promises to repay evil, he does not expect us to do it.
Proverbs 20:22 says,
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Proverbs 16:1-33 says,
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. …
Psalm 2:1-12 says,
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, …
And what if we hate, instead of love, is there hope for us? What about those who hate us, is there hope for them?
1 John 1:9 says,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says,
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Romans 5:8 says,
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.