Hating Is a Good Thing? Day 22
Hate is such a strong word. I try not to use it that often. It’s hard to imagine hating anything, but Ecclesiastes 3 does say there’s a time for everything, including hate.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “a very strong feeling of dislike” or “an intense hostility or aversion usually deriving fear, anger, or sense of injury.”
The Bible does speak about a specific instance when “hate” is okay. Psalm 97:10 says, “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” Romans 12:9 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
One of the definitions for evil, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, includes “causing harm or injury to someone.”
I don’t know about you, but…
I hate when my husband and I argue.
I hate when I hurt my husband with my words.
I hate when my husband is in pain.
I hate things that unnecessarily separate us.
Arguing, mean words, and pain causes emotional injury and harm to our marriage. Hating divisive things and things that hurt your marriage is okay. In fact, it’s healthy. Hate is intense and prompts fierce emotions and inspires powerful action.
As weird as it sounds, sincere love involves hating evil. Hate evil. Hate things that divide you. Hate things that cause pain. Hating these things can help you protect your marriage. And like Romans 12:9 says, “…cling to what is good.”
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