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  • This entry is part 9 of 40 in the series Devotionals.

What Does God Hate?

By Pilgrim · Dec 14, 2017 ·
  1. Devotionals
    What Does God Hate?

    God both loves and hates people. It's not a contradiction, it's the truth. God's nature is love (1 John 4:8), but He is also righteous (Psalms 7:9) and holy (Isaiah 6:3). The very fact that God doesn't incinerate all of humanity for its sin against Him is because of His lovingkindness. God doesn't owe anyone anything. Man is born unto sin and we are sinners. As such, we have offended God because we have broken His laws—and His laws are a reflection of His character. But, God in His great mercy, sent His Son to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life by receiving Christ Jesus as Savior (John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10).

    God Loves People Who Believeth In Him, Loves Him, And Loves Others
    • John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    • Romans 5:8 (KJV) 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    • 1 John 4:7-8 (KJV) 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
    • 1 John 4:16 (KJV) 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
    God Hates The Wicked And Workers Of Iniquity
    • Psalms 5:5 (KJV) 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
    • Psalms 11:5 (KJV) 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
    • Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV) 16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
    • Hosea 9:15 (KJV) 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.

    Is It Biblical To Say That God Loves Everyone?

    In this brief clip from their 2017 National Conference, R.C. Sproul answers the question, “Is it biblical to say that God loves everyone?”

    Is It Biblical to Say That God Loves Everyone? By R.C. Sproul

    Robert Charles Sproul

    (February 13, 1939 – December 14, 2017)

    “Often I hear the phrase ‘God loves you’ proclaimed to a group of people which may include both Christians and non-Christians. Is this biblical to say that phrase to just anyone?”

    When we look at the concept of the love of God in Scripture, we see distinctions that have to be made. Historically and theologically we distinguish among three types of divine love. There is the love of benevolence, where God has a kind spirit to the whole world and His benevolent will, His benevolent love falls on everybody. But there’s also the sense in which in the Bible the love of God is defined in terms of God’s beneficence, that is that’s not just simply what His attitude is towards the world but how He displays that goodness universally—the rain falls upon the just as well as on the unjust. And so that universal dimension of the love of God is manifest but usually when we’re talking about the love of God in popular language, what we’re really talking about is what we call God’s love of complacency. And that term, the love of complacency, is not used in the way in which we use the term complacency in our age, in our culture. Our term of complacency means smugness, self-satisfaction, that sort of thing.

    But rather when the Scriptures indicate the love of complacency, it’s that special love that God has for His Son, and all of those who are in His Son, and who are adopted into His family. And if we talk about the love of God in His terms of the love of complacency and talk about it universally, that’s blasphemy because God does not love the whole world in the love of complacency. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that there are many ways in which God is at enmity with the world. He hates the world, He hates those who are swift to shed blood, and we have to take that into account. When I hear preachers stand up and say that ‘God loves everybody unconditionally,’ I want to scream and say, ‘Wait a minute. Then why does He call us to repent? Why does He call us to come to the cross? Why does He call us to come to Christ?’ If God loves everybody unconditionally, then you can do whatever you want and believe whatever you think. And it’s just not true that God loves us unconditionally. He’s placed an absolute condition by which He requires—He doesn’t just invite people to come to His Son—He commands all men everywhere to repent of their sins and to come to Christ. And if you want to enjoy the love of complacency you have to be in Christ.

    Repent And Come To Christ

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    Experiencing the God of Joy: By centering our lives around Christ, we can experience true joy. "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." —Philippians 1:21
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  • This entry is part 9 of 40 in the series Devotionals.