1 John 2:7-9
V 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in the darkness
Hate is such a strong word, and I think that it’s also a word that has lost some of its true meaning because we toss it around a lot. Sort of like love; we say we love a TV show or we love a pair of shoes, or we Hate brussel sprouts. We cheapen their meanings by using them to describe the mundane. Hate is perhaps too strong a word to attach to a vegetable! But the Bible here says we can’t attach the word or the emotion to other people either. And that’s hard. There will be people who mean us harm; there will be people who will mean those we love harm. According to John Macarthur’s Study Bible, he says that these people would have had a lifestyle of habitual hatred; while at the same time, professing a great love for the things of God. This, of course, is contrary to what God teaches us. When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus answered…To Love the LORD God with all your heart, soul and mind and the second is to love your neighbor as your self (not word for word but you get the meaning!) How many of us hate, I mean really hate, ourselves?