love and hate

Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

One of the secrets to living a holy life is to love righteousness and to hate iniquity (lawlessness). It is also a foundation for joy and gladness in our lives. We need to learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates to be imitators of our God who is a above all things a holy God (Psalm 99:9). God’s anointing power flows where holiness resides. In the OT we would have never separated anointing from holiness as some do today for the anointing was called the “holy anointing oil Exodus 30:25.” So often I observe today’s Christian having little or no problem with loving what is right. The problem is many do not hate what is evil and are afraid of the word hate. The word for hate in Hebrews 1:9 means to detest, to hate, and to have an aversion and hostility toward. Love and hate are two of the strongest human emotions and passions human beings have.

When we hate something we have an aversion to it and an extreme dislike for it. We also turn away from the things we hate. Part of holiness is an aversion to, an extreme dislike for, and a turning away from evil and sin. The Psalmist connected this hating evil with God preserving (guarding/protecting) us and the remembrance of His holiness, “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness Psalm 97:10-12.”

It is even clearer that those who love the Lord should also hate evil and sin as you compare the word hate with some antonyms or near antonyms. Webster’s dictionary lists these words for hate as near antonyms: appetite, inclination, liking; admiration, adoration, veneration, worship; acceptance, tolerance; passion, relish, and taste. So when we hate evil and sin we are putting our strong feelings and emotions against having an appetite, inclination, liking; admiration, adoration, veneration, worship; acceptance, tolerance; passion, relish, and taste toward sin and evil.

Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy in His personal life and with power for ministry. Jesus said the works He did we would do also and even greater works (John 14:12). He did them as a man anointed with Holy Ghost power (Acts 10:38) but also as One that loved righteousness and hated iniquity. We are to do the same.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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