Right off the bat in our reading today, we come across 11:5 where God says he hates. Hate is a tough emotion. I tell my kids not to say hate, as if it’s a bad word, but I find myself using it in the most casual settings where the intensity of that word is not needed or intended. The dictionary defines it as: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest. I’ll be honest in telling you that I don’t like thinking of God hating, but I am mature enough to know and understand that he does. Negativity is never a great motivator, but knowing that God does hate encourages me in my behavior.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.