Hateful and HatingBro. David Chancellor
5/24/2009 6:00 PM
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
This gives a picture of how things were, how things are, and how things can be. When we come to God, he can make things different. He can change things we can’t. God has to make the change in us.
We shouldn’t be hateful and hating. Hate is an aversion to or strong dislike of someone or something. God’s church shouldn’t be a hateful people. Hate divides. It doesn’t unite. God wants us to love people, not hate them. We should see people as souls that God made and cares about. God loved us when we were sinners.
1 John 3:14-16
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Hate keeps eternal life from being in us. Hate is as bad as murder to God. A heart full of hate isn’t Christian. A Christian has a heart full of love. Love should make us willing to give of ourselves for others.
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Hatred stirs up trouble. It works to divide people. Love bears with the hurts people do to us. Love forgives and forbears and overlooks mistreatment and hurts. God doesn’t like strife. Sin causes strife.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
Hate is dishonest. It pretends. It acts like your friend, but it isn’t. The heart is full of abomination. It pulls a cover over what’s really there.
For love to be real love, it has to be without dissimulation. It has to be real to be love. If it’s pretended, that means there’s something else there that’s not love. Dishonesty and hatred go together. We need God to remove the hate. Jesus came to remove hatred from us. God wants us to be like him.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some having compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God…" (v20-21a). Keep yourself in the love of God. "…hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." (v23b) We should have love to everyone, but a strong aversion to sin. Love the sinner; hate the sin. We shouldn’t hate anyone. Sin should have no appeal to us. Don’t hate the person. S/he is a soul that God loves. We don’t want to be all wrong. There’s no room in our hearts for hate. There’s something in people that God loves. We want people to see Jesus. You can’t help pull souls from the fire with hate in your heart.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. 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. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy." This is a love-hate relationship. This isn’t what Jesus came to bring to us. God wants all hate out of our hearts and only love there. God wants us to be good to all. Keep love in your heart. Don’t hate when others do. Hate is totally unacceptable in a child of God. We don’t want to wish bad on anyone. Recognize hate for what it is. Don’t let hate for the sin became hate for the sinner. Keep hate out of your life.