Is it okay to hate sometimes? I found out in the Word of God it is not only okay, but it is a necessary part of our life with Christ. I know! Some of you are frowning about now wondering if I am some false teacher or something. However, the truth is there are some things God hates and because He hates them, we ought to hate them as well.
In the Church we have formed such an aversion to “hatred” we have compromised our ability to hate sin and its effects. This happens because we are taught to hate the sin but love the sinner, which is good in theory but much more difficult to apply in our lives. Because of the struggle to hate sin and love the person, we often allow the “lines” to blur and end up tolerating the sin while loving the sinner. We must maintain hatred of sin while loving the sinner because God is clear about hatred.
Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord IS to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” What is hatred? What is evil? Hate simply means “hate” or “a hater” an “enemy”. It involves an intense dislike for someone or something to the point where it often evokes feelings of anger, hostility, or animosity. Evil is anything profoundly immoral or wrong and deliberately causes great harm, upset, or pain, usually involving malicious behavior. “Evil” is the antonym of “good” so we could say evil is anything contrary to God. Sin is evil. Any and all sin is profoundly immoral, wrong, and causes great harm, upset, or pain to ourselves and usually others. How thankful we are for a loving God who through His death and resurrection has made a way for us to be forgiven for our sins daily.
“Hate” is the antonym of “love” and the more we embrace true, authentic, Godly love, pursuing and allowing it to flow through us, the more we will be unafraid to embrace a hatred of evil. Hating sin is a good thing. It allows us to do more than regret sin, feel sorry for sin, or repent of sin. In Luke 7:47 Jesus teaches about forgiveness and love and it is appropriate for hatred of sin as well. “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Jesus was explaining the more we need forgiveness the more in love we are with the Forgiver. In other words, the more we are in debt, the more thankful and loving we are if our debt is forgiven. Likewise, the more we understand and walk in love, the more we understand godly hatred and hate what is evil.
It is wisdom to hate all that displeases God and is destructive to the soul. A resurgence of fear of the Lord will cause us to hate evil, not simply dislike it or avoid it. Proverbs 3:7 says “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” We understand fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10) Standing in reverential awe of God releases in us wisdom, knowledge, and hatred of evil.
It will be much easier to walk away from evil when we allow ourselves to “hate” evil, which is to hate sin. We must get to the point in life where we dread sin and see it for what it is, not just an inconvenience, nuisance, or something we learn to live with and repent of, but something we detest.
God hates all sin and is never reconciled to any sin because it becomes a part of a person thus affecting and hurting others. When we see what the Lord hates and line up our hatred with His hatred, we love more intensely, intently, and passionately. Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”
This Scripture tells us these seven things are an abomination to Him. This means these things cause God to be outraged. They are repugnant and a disgrace to Him. Please capture the intensity of meaning in His hatred and abomination! These seven things line up perfectly with the four from Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” These are all associated with Satan which should add to our level of hatred as we comprehend God’s distaste.
Pride & Proud Look – This is the basis for most other sin and gives rise to other sin. God sees pride in our hearts and hates it. He does not hate us. He hates pride because He is well aware of its destructive power. When it remains in us it prevails and we begin to overvalue ourselves and undervalue everyone else including God. It is a godly thing to hate pride whether in ourselves or others. We should not be ashamed when hatred rises within us when we sense, feel, or see pride exhibited. Nor should we “fear” this type of hatred as it agrees with God. We have learned well to squelch hatred of “sin”, in this case “pride” because of “fear” of hating the person. Pride is an enemy to the peace of mankind therefore we should hate it.
Lying tongues & Perverse Mouth – A lying tongue is detestable to God because what is more hateful than anything coming against truth? Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Nothing is more sacred than truth or more necessary in our conversation with each other than speaking truth. The devil is a liar therefore lying is an even greater abomination to God.
Hands that shed innocent blood & Arrogance -This goes right along with lying because Satan is a murderer as well as a liar. People who shed blood have taken on the devil’s image and do service to him. John 8:44 reads “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
A heart that devises wicked plans & Evil Ways – This is someone who is acquainted with the depths of Satan because they know how to carry out covetousness, envy, and revenge effectively. The craftier a person becomes in devising wicked plans, and the more they are able to manage sin, the more of an abomination it is to God.
Feet that are swift in running to mischief & Evil Ways – This paints a picture of someone who does not want to waste time or delay in their sinful pursuits but is eager and industrious in doing wrong. This should bring conviction to those of us who have good to accomplish in this world, that we should have swift feet.
Bearing false witness & a perverse mouth – Bearing false witness is a form of lying so obviously God double hates lying tongues. Bearing false witness is knowingly telling a lie about our neighbor with the intention to do them harm. This is different than telling the truth to someone else if your neighbor is unrepentant in sin and you have approached them to bring truth which would set them free and they refuse. Bearing false witness is blatant falsehoods which will damage reputations.
Sowing discord among brethren means causing people to alienate themselves from one another, irritating one another, and pointing out flaws in one another. It is all about sowing aggravation in one another. When we perpetuate jealousies and contention we only stoke our own fiery blaze of the same nature as that which we are planting in others. In other words, when we sow discord, we plant the same seed into our own lives, causing havoc to ourselves, family, friends, and churches.
Father God, I pray we receive a fresh revelation of the things You hate that we may line up our wills with Your most holy will and choose to hate what You hate. In this way, I believe our love for You will sky rocket as we see more clearly why You hate these things, and we will “see” the strength and power of Your love! May we be Your people who are humble; who tell the truth; who bring life not death to others; who follow Your plans to prosper and not to harm in order to give hope and a future; who have swift feet to carry Your gospel to the nations and share our testimony of Your goodness; who are encouragers and bear truthful witness of one another even if that means holding others accountable; and who sow unity in the Spirit of God as much as we are able. In Jesus’ Name!