The Flip Side of Love

Ranker lists the top things Americans love to hate:

  1.  Websites that require you to sign up to use
  2.  When your personal space is violated
  3.  Passwords
  4.  Labels that are impossible to understand
  5.  When your utensils fall into your food

If those are the things I hate, I must live in the U.S.A.

Proverbs 6 lists seven things God hates:

  1.  haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue, 
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked plans
  5. feet that hurry to run to evil,
  6. a lying witness who testifies falsely,
  7. and one who sows discord in a family.

The Apostle Paul restates Proverbs 6 in his own words, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions , and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God”  (cf. Galatians 5: 19-21).

If God hates, we should hate.

  1. Psalms 97:10 – 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.
  2. Proverbs 8:13 – To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  3. Amos 5:15 – Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
  4. Romans 12:9 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

If you want to be like God, it’s OK to hate.

Author: gbradepp

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