My take: Yes, sometimes its good to hate. Sometimes. Yeah, sometimes hate is good when its just. It means you value truth and love over lying and evil.
Where should we look for our standard? Agnostic philosophers, little children, the animal kingdom, politicians, hollywood actors? No, no, no, no, no. 1st and foremost should be God and specifically the clear and undeniable precepts found within.
a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought. “moral precepts” synonyms: principle, rule, tenet, canon, doctrine, command, order, decree, dictate, dictum, injunction, commandment.
God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us the ability to choose; to exercise our free will. Why? For sure, you need to ask Him. I speculate after years of thought that its because of love. To truly love in this world of opposites and extremes it requires our ability to choose not to love or its contrived and manipulated.
Is the opposite of love to hate? No, the it is essentially ‘indifference, the lack of love’. God at His core is love, so proclaims the Bible. The pinnacle of this can be found in John 3:16. Don’t you know that one by heart? Just in case and because i love it, here it is: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
So godly hate is not the opposite of love rather its a force that aims to stop whatever power that attacks the roots of love. It is having passion, righteous anger towards whatever influence impedes true love from blossoming and staying healthy.
Right now, extremest Muslims are jihading for this cause. They have plenty of hate but desperately lacking love and most certainly a relationship with the one and true God and His beloved son, Jesus Christ. So it so important to keep rightous hate in check by greater love.
My prayer: LORD, I want love what You love and hate what You hate. Help me to love the sinner and hate the sin. To love myself and hate the sin entrenched in my old man, my flesh. I know love wins and You are love. Amen!
My Pondering: What amazing grace and love God has imparted to each of us. Everyone born since the glorious mighty act of our precious dear Saviour intentionally being crucified there for collective behalf of all of us who may read or hear the Holy Scripture.
Christ is all. “I am that I AM.”
Pleasing and emulating His character, teaching and example needs to be our paramount goal of life. And becoming like Him, after we shed our fleshly bodies like the lowly caterpillar, is our main prize, reward and gift. I encourage to read the 1st part of this chapter. Amazing!
Matthew Henry nicely comments on this subject: 5:9-15 The apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty. Well-grounded hopes of heaven will not encourage sloth and sinful security. Let all consider the judgment to come, which is called, The terror of the Lord. Knowing what terrible vengeance the Lord would execute upon the workers of iniquity, the apostle and his brethren used every argument and persuasion, to lead men to believe in the Lord Jesus, and to act as his disciples. Their zeal and diligence were for the glory of God and the good of the church. Christ’s love to us will have a like effect upon us, if duly considered and rightly judged. All were lost and undone, dead and ruined, slaves to sin, having no power to deliver themselves, and must have remained thus miserable for ever, if Christ had not died. We should not make ourselves, but Christ, the end of our living and actions. A Christian’s life should be devoted to Christ. Alas, how many show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love, by living to themselves and to the world!
Yes, God’s love is compelling. Yes, sin’s allure and evil roots run deep. Jesus calls. Satan calls. By default, we are cursed due to Adam and Eve’s terrible choice. But rejoice and embrace the noble deed of the 2nd Adam, Jesus the Christ, who ‘died of all’.
Therefore God’s love compels me and has enabled me to join in and resoundingly echo and embrace this wonderful truth: ”I, Kirk Alexander Booher, live and shall should no longer live for myself but for Him who died for me and thee and was raised again.”
My prayer: All that who have read this devotional shall whole heartily insert their name into the forementioned statement for it is of utmost importance of eternity, which is a long time. God, You know my heart desires and flaws. Your grace is abundant and much appreciated.
Amen. The answer is clear. There is unity in Christ’s love.
Apart from that, there is NO hope. Indifference and tolerance at best.
John 3:19 “And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter.”
Only the Spirit of God by His Word can turn true hate into true love. May all who are in darkness hear and heed this: For the word of God is living and active.
Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Yes, the truth shall set us free by the love of Jesus. And John 3:16 is a great example of that. While at the same time, we are not to be part of darkness. The IN but not OF the world thing.
Like coldness is the absence of heat, hate lacks love; the supernatural kind we all need.
Abraham Lincoln said the best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him a friend. That’s easier said than done but a noble pursuit nonetheless.
My ponderings: We see here that we must first have revelation of Jesus’s commandments (in next passage also called His word). We dont come up with that on our own. Impossible. Its like milk to a baby or meat for a hungry man. The word or commandments are the thoughts of God inspired unto men, written in the Holy Bible. Just being born and the existence of the word isnt enough to restore our broken relationship with our Maker. Its takes faith to accept His gracious gift of salvation; saving faith. It is an amazing mysteryon one hand and wonderfully simple on the other. Thankfully, Jesus shares a sure secret here: We prove our love by keeping His commands. He loves us first. When we respond and return His love, our Father in turn love us. Its a beautiful, perpetual circle of love all made possible by Christ.
It is crucial. Won’t you read and ponder the passage again?
And Judas (not the devil’s inside spy but another disciple) asks Jesus for clarification and He expounds by saying in John 14:23-27 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”
Man, let those words sink in.
Christ’s lived a life of perfection and we are imperfect souls yet by the help of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, we Christians have a path to walk. A hightway to Heaven to survive and thrive. So what are Christ’s commandments? (Its important! Dont you think this should be a chief aim of any person based on these Scripture passages?)
I don’t have a tatoo but if so they would the two commandements Jesus shared in Mathew 22:37
My prayer: LORD of life, thank YOU for you ever green and sweet revelation. Thank you for tapping me on my heart and giving me the power to respond and an ear to hear.