Love/Hate Relationship

Upcoming Sermon Series:

“Love/Hate Relationship”

November 16th – 30th

We are accurate and truthful when we say with boldness, “God is Love”!  However, in the church I am afraid we have failed to remind this generation that while God is love, He also has the capacity to hate. He hates sin, and He will judge it with the fierceness of His wrath. This generation is schooled in the teaching about a gullible, soft-hearted God whose judgments are uncertain and who ignores those who break His commandments. This generation finds it difficult to believe that God hates sin.

Yes… God hates sin just as a dad hates a copperhead that threatens the safety and life of his child. God despises evil and demonic forces that would pull people down to a godless eternity just as a mom hates a dangerous spider that is found playing on the soft, warm flesh of her little baby.

It is His love for man, His compassion for the human creation that causes God to hate sin with such a vengeance. He gave Heaven’s finest that we might have the best; and He hates with a holy anger anything that would hinder our being reconciled to Him.

What does God hate, you ask? Solomon answers the question in the Book of Proverbs. We read: “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Does God love…Yes.  Does God hate… Yes.  It is a “Love/Hate Relationship” that we must learn from and apply to our lives.  Over the next 3 weeks we will discover those things that God opposes with all his might, and we will learn how and why we should hate to see them in our lives as well.  How much does God love us?  He loves us enough to die on a cross for our sins and enough to warn us about those things that separate us from His will and desire for our lives.

Pastor Chris

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