Love and Hate
When the Lord addressed the Pharisees, His words were scathing, and it could be seen as hate, and I’m sure this is true. Yet what did He hate? It was the nature they were operating from, the nature was expressed as “their father the devil”. He did not sugar coat His words. It was point blank, He didn’t flinch. Evil, is opposed to the will of the Lord, and not all that is evil appears as evil, hence the need for discernment. When Jesus addressed the ‘blind guides’ He was addressing their nature, or the spirit they were operating from.
What I’ve been able to see of late is how I hate the same spirit that in my past I’ve operated under. I hate the things I’ve done and said that came from the influence of the spirit of Adam. This has cost me deeply, yet from this I have been enabled to learn to hate that which is of the spirit of Adam, and all it holds, or conveys.
To Love Truth, we must hate the lie.
Truth is only found in the Nature of God, and His Nature is expressed in His Law. The Law expresses His Nature in a way that we can relate to, that can become practical, and lived out here and now. Truth is the framework that the Lord expressed Himself and the law in.
‘I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”
From this we see how we are to be found in Him, established in Truth, living breathing examples of the Way, Truth, and His Life. This defines our walk, and our relationship in the Lord, and with others. Love is only found within the framework of Truth, and Life of Jesus Christ. If we term or frame Love from any other foundation it’s based upon a nature other than the Lords. This provides us the basis for discernment for learning how the Love and what to hate.
Hate is reserved for the false spirit, Adam, and all that it entails, this spirit cannot be redeemed, it was evil at the start, its root is pride, and it will not submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Death awaits the spirit of rebellion
“And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.” Rev 19:20
So how do we learn what to hate, its simple, the spirit that is opposed to the Lord and His rule, this is defined in Proverbs, and must be viewed from the 3rd Heaven to be understood properly. Here we see the spirit of rebellion, and this the Lord does hate.
“There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.”
Hate is reserved for the spirit of rebellion.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23
The Truth of Love is that The Good Shepherd loves the sheep and hates the wolves, that which is false or opposed to His love for the sheep. His rod and staff are for the protection of the sheep, and for the death of the wolves that come to harm or destroy His flock.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
“God hates the false because of his love for the true. The Good Shepherd kills the Wolves because he loves the sheep it’s the love of God that causes him to hate the false thing that would hurt his sheep”
11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
12 “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13 “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,
15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.
17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
“A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.” John 10:19
For more understanding regarding this theme click here for the post Lawlessness at “Seeking the Sons of Abraham”