“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
To be filled with love and hate at the same time seems to be utterly impossible, but you cannot be filled with love without also being filled with hatred. The love-hate relationship is the only way a relationship or life can be what it is supposed to be. The believer who does not have the love-hate relationship is the believer who is not right with the LORD and a believer who finds themselves struggling with their choice of who to serve; the world or God’s will.
The verse above says, “Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity…” It seems strange for love and hate to be in the same sentence, but one without the other is impossible. Notice that when you love righteousness, you can’t help but hate iniquity. The love-hate relationship is a must if you are going to live a righteous life. If you love doing right, you will hate whatever keeps you from doing right. If you love God, you will hate the Devil and his works. If you love truth, you will hate lying. If you love the King James Bible, you will hate every false bible.
You cannot have love without hatred. A true love will hate what hurts that which you love. A scriptural hatred will have godly love. Let me put it this way; love causes you to hate, and scriptural hatred causes you to love. There are several things that the love-hate relationship affects.
First, the love-hate relationship affects your decisions. When you truly love someone, you will hate anything thing that will hurt your love for them; therefore, it affects your decisions because you won’t want to do anything that will hurt who you love. The thing that keeps people from being immoral is their love for their spouse, parents, and God. The thing that will keep you from going into debt is your love to be debt free. These are just a couple of areas of illustration, but your decisions in life will be much better if you embrace the love-hate relationship.
Second, the love-hate relationship keeps you in balance. One of the mistakes many people make is that they either have more love or hate; thus, it puts their life out of balance. People say, “I’m a lover.” If they are a lover, they are also a hater, because they will hate anything that hurts what they love. Churches that focus on loving without having hatred don’t love you. Their love for “love” causes them not to hate sin. A loving church will have a hatred for sin. A loving parent will hate the sins, friends, and character traits that will hurt their children. When you have true love, you will also have a hatred that balances out that love.
Third, the love-hate relationship affects your ability to overcome sin and the world. When you hate sin, you will find it much easier to love Christ. If you love Christ, you will find it easy to hate sin; thus, making it easier to overcome the world. You cannot love God and the world, its trends and lifestyles at the same time. The love-hate relationship forces you to either choose to live for the world or to live for Christ.
Fourth, the love-hate relationship reveals your fellowship with God. If you have the love-hate relationship in your life, it is a direct result of walking with the LORD. Walking with God in the Scriptures and prayer always results in the love-hate relationship.