It’s a typical onset that when we love something, we tend to hate another thing.
Example. If you love your work, or you’re deeply in love with it, you will never fail to notice the competition and begin to hate them. When you come across on employees of the other side of the long winding road, you will totally be indifferent.
It’s actually a normal thing. It’s not something that we suffer or suffocate ourselves with. It’s natural. In other words, default.
However, it’s more than that. Hating is basically an intense or passionate dislike towards an object. It’s good to be intense and passionate but channeling it through thick aversion, I guess, is not healthy.
Loving God. Hating sin. This is another thing. This breaks the mentality of forming our lives in the pattern of this world. What is set on default is no longer the case. We ought to love people and hate our enemies. Nevertheless, we are still reminded to love our enemies.
Enemies = Neighbors; the second greatest commandment says to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Enemies are still neighbors.
We might confuse ourselves with all these clash of ideas but it’s actually simple.
We LOVE God. We HATE sin. Friends and enemies are still people. They are all God-breathed. Enemies may put a bruise on us but we should not hate the sinner. Instead we hate the sin. Again, not the sinner.
Simple yet hard to apply.
What do you think?