Hate and love

Hatred stirreth up strifes; But love covereth all transgressions (Proverbs 10:12, ASV).

By Ron Thomas — I have come to understand we live in a society that hardly knows the meaning of the word racism, just like they hardly know the meaning of the word hate. Without giving attention to the first word, let us give attention to the second.

The word hate has broad application in Scripture; it can be associated with intense dislike, coupled with animosity to something not so intense.

“If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

The word hate in this context is certainly not speaking of an intense dislike with an over-done dosage of animosity. The word hate in this context is associated with whether you love your parents more than the Lord. If so, you are not worthy of God. Secularists, progressives and, many times, liberals, hate the Lord. Why?

“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his works should be reproved” (John 3:20).

Look at the proverb again; is that not occurring today in our political climate? Secularists have no regard for the Lord so they stir up hatred for those who love the Lord and their country by redefining how the word is to be understood.

Those who love the Lord understand the word well enough. Those who obey His will from the heart hate that which is evil, not people controlled by evil.

Ron works with the Sunrush congregation in Chillicothe OH.

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