HATE


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What is hate? These days it seems like the smaller disagreement is defined as hate. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus gave us specific instructions regarding hate, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”[1]

         The word hate here is the Greek word miséō; meaning: “Active ill will in words and conduct, a persecuting spirit. By implication, meaning to persecute, to detest; it is equivalent to not loving, loveless.”[2]

         When we are dealing with hate we are dealing with the opposite of love or, a place of no love. It is important to point out here that Christianity is not a religion of hate, even when hate is justifiable according to human standards.

         As Christians we are called to love, even those who hate and persecute us. We are called to bless, to do good to those who detest us. This is a great challenge, as we see liberals shouting on the streets, destroying property, supporting abortion and not only rejecting logic and common sense, but also rejecting and mocking God. It it is indeed challenging to love and to bless the enemies of the cross. Believe me I know!

         Who wants to be the object of hate? I don’t think anybody wakes up in the morning wanting people to hate them; but there is one group that will be hated more than any other group, especially at the end of times and that is us Christian. Matthew 24:9 tells us, “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (NIV)

         Jesus was murdered because of hate, the original apostles, with the exception of John were murdered because of hate. They tried to kill the Apostle John also, but they were unsuccessful. Church persecution is hate; our brothers and sisters killed around the world are victims of hate and all the liberal attacks against us is also, the manifestation of hate.

         Incredibly, we will be, and some of us already are, accused of spreading hate. However, when we talk about hate we must also point out what hate is not.

         Hate is not expressing truth. If you are walking and expressing truth, I want you to know that you are walking in love, for love rejoices in truth. (I Corinthians 13:6) If I tell you that homosexuality is a sin, I do not hate you, I am telling you a biblical truth. You may not believe in the Bible, you may be one who hates God; but that does not change the fact that the God that I serve and the Bible that I read tells me that homosexuality is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

         If I tell you that abortion is a crime and a sin, I am not expressing an empty opinion; I am expressing another biblical fact. If I am telling Christian that embracing a pro-choice stand to abortion is a total contradiction to the Gospel, I am not giving you another opinion; I am giving you God’s Word.

         If I tell a healthy person, “you need to find a job and support yourself and stop depending on the government.” someone will probably accuse me of being judgmental and hateful. However, my Bible tells me in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (KJV)

         If I tell you that in order to be saved from hell you must repent of your sins, that may be taken as an offense because you must admit that you are a sinner and not the last Coca Cola in the desert, but that is what the Gospel required!

         Beloved, I do not hate you and, most importantly, God does not hate you; but He does hate sin! The problem is that these are the days where the bad seems to be good and the good seems to be bad.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

         So I say to Christians, we better understand the times, learn to love God above all things and learn to love each other, for the time will come where outside of God and our brothers and sisters, we will not be able to find love anywhere else. The time will come where we will be the object of the world’s hate.

[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Mt 5:44.

[2] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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