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Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:17-24
1. Hatred is destructive (malicious, hostile, envy and strife), Prov. 10:12.
2. Yet, Bible says there is a “time to hate,” Eccl. 3:8. What does this mean?
3. Bible speaks of hate in several ways:
a. Relative preference, Lk. 14:26.
b. Sinful attitude and conduct, Tit. 3:3.
c. A right expression of aversion (disdain/revulsion) to evil, Heb. 1:9.
4. Multi-sided nature of hate deserves our deliberate, prayerful attention.
I. WE ARE TO HATE THE SAME THINGS GOD HATES.
A. God Hates (abhor, loathe) Sin, Prov. 6:16-19; Mal. 2:16; Rev. 2:6.
1. Therefore, we must:
a. Love God / hate evil, Psa. 97:10; Amos 5:14-15; Rom. 12:9.
b. Reject evil in our life, Psa. 101:3.
c. Esteem God’s law, Psa. 119:104, 128, 163.
2. Imitate God’s character toward sin.
B. A Sense in Which God Hates (has no pleasure in) the Sinner.
1. Due to his sin, he will not abide in presence of / no fellowship with God, Psa. 5:4-6.
2. Sin put us under God’s wrath, Psa. 11:4-7.
3. Similarly, we must:
a. Not sit with the wicked, Psa. 26:4-5 (Psa. 1:1).
b. Trust God, not liars, Psa. 31:6.
4. Grieved…Perfect hatred, Psa. 139:21-22.
C. There is a Time to Hate, Eccl. 3:8.
1. Abhor sin and refuse the counsel / influence of sinners.
2. Shows our fear of God. Depart from evil, Prov. 3:7; 8:13.
II. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE MUST NEVER HATE (OR BE HATEFUL TOWARD) OTHERS IN RETURN (Matt. 7:12; 1 Pet. 2:22-23).
A. This Hate is of the World, Gal. 5:19-20; Jno. 15:18-19.
B. One Who has Sinful Hate toward Another Person is:
1. In darkness, 1 Jno. 2:9, 11.
2. A murderer, 1 Jno. 3:13-15.
3. A liar if says he loves God, 1 Jno. 4:19-20.
III. CHRISTIANS DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE THEM, Lk. 6:27, 22.
A. Because God Does, Matt. 5:43-48.
1. Physical good, 5:45.
2. Spiritual good, Jno. 3:16-17.
B. We Must Love the Evil Doer, Even When His Evil is Against Us, Matt. 5:44; Lk. 6:31. (Genuine love is active.)
1. Our generation increasingly accepts hateful treatment of others as a right way to react toward those who wrong them (or they think have wronged them), Matt. 7:12. [cf. Social media; civil unrest]
2. Some of the actions of this kind of love includes:
a. Turning the other cheek, 5:39 (unselfish).
b. Forgiving, Matt. 6:14-15.
c. Praying for the one who hurts us, Matt. 5:44; Lk. 6:28.
d. Trying to rescue (because it hates sin). Jude 23.
C. God has Not Given Us the Right to Take Personal Vengeance upon Evil, Rom. 12:17-21.
1. We are to render good for evil; God renders vengeance (Rom. 13).
a. Take honorable course of action, v. 17.
b. Be at peace, v. 18.
c. Give place to God / do not avenge yourself, v. 19.
d. Look to do him good (coals of fire: may cause shame and remorse), v. 20.
e. Overcome evil with good, v. 21.
2. Otherwise, we will be overcome by evil.
1. Hatred is a strong emotion, causes strong reactions of heart and deed.
a. God hates sin (incl. Hatred), and sinners have no place in His presence (nor pleasure from Him).
b. When we hate sin and refuse the counsel of sinners, we show reverence for God.
2. So, we must seek to overcome evil with good, and not be consumed with hatred when evil is committed against us.
3. Will you love Jesus and obey Him (Jno. 14:15)? Or, show hatred for Jesus by denying Him in your life? (Jno. 15:23; cf. 1 Jno. 2:23)
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: November 11, 2016