Is it possible for me to love God and hate people who disagree with me? If I say ugly things to them online or in person, calling them names and treating them like trash, hoping bad things happen to them, etc… the Bible shines a bright light on my heart:
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” I John 3:15
Hatred directed at a person is a strong dislike, loathing, or ill-will toward that person and is a violation of the second greatest commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.
God’s Way Is the Path of Love
What have I revealed about my real relationship with the Lord if I react with hatred toward those who disagree with me or oppose me?
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20
Or what if I profess to love Jesus but hate my boyfriend, my parents, my coworkers, a politician, someone online, or someone at my church?
“If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness.” 1 John 2:9
My witness for Christ depends on me displaying love for other people to the world.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
In Christ, We Have a New Nature
We are now citizens of heaven with a new nature in Christ. If we act with bitterness, spite, malice, sinful anger, rage, abuse, violence, etc… we have a most serious sin issue going on. We are still acting in the flesh, not the Spirit. It’s time for a major heart check. Do we really love God?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.'” Matt. 5:43-45
May God have mercy on us and forgive us for any hatred in our souls. May we open our hearts to the way of love (1 Cor. 13:4-8) and allow Him to cleanse us with the blood of Jesus.
Then we can repay evil with good and we can love others with the divine love of God. The only way we can lead others to the Lord and be useful instruments in God’s hands to change the world for good is if we allow Him to transform us first.