Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Throughout the book of Proverbs, we hear the voice of wisdom speaking to us. She speaks through David to Solomon. Through Solomon to his sons, and to those of us seeking wisdom.
Proverbs gives us a treasure trove of principles for living, axioms, and insights. We are given a perspective, unlike any other on the face fo the earth. But to think that there are things to hate properly causes us to take notice.
God, Himself tells us plainly:
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
We hear much of how we should speak of the love of God, and that is a true statement. But you cannot love deeply, or have a successful love life without a proper hate life.
Those who love a perfectly manicured lawn, hate weeds. Those who love the sunshine, despise the clouds. Those who love the warmth, hate the cold; and those who love the light, hate the darkness.
We get fuzzy when we try to define love and hate without God. It all becomes relative to your point of view. If you are conservative or liberal, the contrast only exists with the opinion you may hold. Some sins are vilified, while others are politely excused. People groups are accepted while others are put on trial.
The popular opinion of the masses becomes as fickle as the wind when not grounded in the Word of God. The emotion of a particular topic can separate friends and family alike.
The scrutiny of what we hate versus who we hate crosses a very significant line.
We often hear: “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.”
Unless we are grounded in our relationship with God, the hate we feel will spill over into those who have wounded us, or hurt us in any way. It may even exist with those who have opposing viewpoints. We project that hatred on them only because they differ from us.
This myopic view is what created much of the division we see in denominational religion today.
We say we are ‘Christian’ but consider the biblical definition.
Acts 11:26 “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
They were “called” Christians. They didn’t call themselves Christians. What is the difference?
People viewed their life and saw that they walked, talked, and carried themselves like that One who was known as the Christ; the Son of the Living God.
The separation; the line of demarcation becomes what God defines, not what we say it is. So it is with this thing of love and hate.
I cannot define what I should hate or who I should hate. God will do that for me. Hatred will quench the Spirit’s work in our lives and block any mercy or grace to be given when we are offended or wounded by someone else.
Of the many people I love in my life, I can honestly say, there are certain things I do not like about them. But, that does not diminish the love I have toward them. Some have annoying habits; others have mannerisms that rub the wrong way. What I love far outweighs that which I dislike or even ‘hate’ about them.
When do we choose to act on the hatred that we feel toward someone?
Vengeance belongs to God.
We are told to be angry and sin not.
I am not to let the sun go down on my wrath.
My conversation should be that to the use of edifying; building up the one who hears.
David felt so right in the hatred he felt; he aligned himself with God.
Psalm 139:19-22 “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”
David then took the time to check himself.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
If we could learn, as David did; to check our heart, our motives with the God of Heaven, we can know we have a proper hate life.