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Daily Encouragements


October 11

Hatred – Psalm 139:19–22

Do you ever hate other people? Why?

A mother taught her little boy that he was never to hate anyone. In fact, he was not even allowed to use the word—no matter what others might do to him. His mother always said, “God loves everyone, and He wants us to also love them also.” This may be a good way to raise children, but it is sometimes difficult to obey.

Evidently the Psalmist thought that there are times when it is appropriate to hate other people. He wrote, “For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” (vv. 20, 21). It could be that he was trying to justify his own feelings toward other people. Do you ever despise people who reject God’s truths?

God does not need people to defend Him, but if you do hate anyone, make sure that it is for what they have done against God and not because of what they have done against you. It is understandable that those who love the Lord would want Him to being judgment upon His enemies. “Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men” (v. 19).

It is certainly appropriate to avoid relationships with wicked people.
The Psalmist wrote, “I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies” (v. 22). If you are wise, you will determine to love those whom God loves and leave the hating up to God. Make sure you understand your own motivations.

God has done so much to reveal His love to all people in the world. It is heartbreaking to see people who reject and despise Him, but you can pray that the Lord will have mercy on them and continue to reveal Himself to them.