Love What God Loves & Hate What God Hates – Pastor Tim

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Love What God Loves & Hate What God Hates – Pastor Tim

This is the music and message from the fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Here are the Scriptures and Outline for this message: Proverbs 6:16-19, Revelation 2:6



Hatred for others or God is associated with human sin. Scripture also emphasises God’s hatred of sin and evil. Believers are commanded to love those who hate them.

Hatred as evidence of corrupt human nature

2 SAnger, divine


The anger of God is directed against all human sin, disobedience, rebellion and wickedness, which threaten to thwart his purposes for his creation and people.

Causes of divine anger


Is 5:24–25

Isaiah 5:24–25 (ESV) — 24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

See also Nu 22:22 ; Jos 7:1 ; 2 Ki 22:13 ; Ps 78:21–22 ; Mic 5:15 ; Zec 7:12 ; Mk 3:5 ; Ro 2:5 ; Eph 5:5–6 ; Heb 3:7–12

Numbers 22:22 (ESV) — 22 But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.

Joshua 7:1 (ESV) — 1 But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.

2 Kings 22:13 (ESV) — 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

Psalm 78:21–22 (ESV) — 21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, 22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

Micah 5:15 (ESV) — 15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance on the nations that did not obey.

Zechariah 7:12 (ESV) — 12 They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts.

Mark 3:5 (ESV) — 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Romans 2:5 (ESV) — 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

Ephesians 5:5–6 (ESV) — 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Hebrews 3:7–12 (ESV) — 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ ” 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.


Is 57:17

Isaiah 57:17 (ESV) — 17 Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.

See also 1 Ki 8:46 ; 1 Ki 11:9 ; 2 Ch 19:2 ; 2 Ch 32:25 ; Eph 2:1–3 ; Col 3:5–6

1 Kings 8:46 (ESV) — 46 “If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near,

1 Kings 11:9 (ESV) — 9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice

2 Chronicles 19:2 (ESV) — 2 But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord.

2 Chronicles 32:25 (ESV) — 25 But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem.

Ephesians 2:1–3 (ESV) — 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Colossians 3:5–6 (ESV) — 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

Apostasy and idolatry

Nu 25:3

Numbers 25:3 (ESV) — 3 So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel.

See also Dt 4:25 ; Dt 9:8 ; Jos 22:18 ; Jos 23:16 ; Jdg 2:19–20 ; Jdg 10:6–7 ; 1 Ki 14:15 ; 2 Ki 22:17 ; Ezr 9:14 ; Je 7:17–18

Deuteronomy 4:25 (ESV) — 25 “When you father children and children’s children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, so as to provoke him to anger,

Deuteronomy 9:8 (ESV) — 8 Even at Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you.

Joshua 22:18 (ESV) — 18 that you too must turn away this day from following the Lord? And if you too rebel against the Lord today then tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel.

Joshua 23:16 (ESV) — 16 if you transgress the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them. Then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land that he has given to you.”

Judges 2:19–20 (ESV) — 19 But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. 20 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice,

Judges 10:6–7 (ESV) — 6 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the Lord and did not serve him. 7 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites,

1 Kings 14:15 (ESV) — 15 the Lord will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the Lord to anger.

2 Kings 22:17 (ESV) — 17 Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.

Ezra 9:14 (ESV) — 14 shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape?

Jeremiah 7:17–18 (ESV) — 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.

The characteristics of God that provoke his anger

He is a holy God

Ps 7:11

Psalm 7:11 (ESV) — 11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

See also Jos 24:19–20 ; Je 10:10

Joshua 24:19–20 (ESV) — 19 But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”

Jeremiah 10:10 (ESV) — 10 But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.

He is a jealous God

Dt 6:15

Deuteronomy 6:15 (ESV) — 15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

See also 1 Ki 14:22 ; Ps 79:5 ; Eze 16:38 ; Na 1:2

1 Kings 14:22 (ESV) — 22 And Judah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins that they committed, more than all that their fathers had done.

Psalm 79:5 (ESV) — 5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

Ezekiel 16:38 (ESV) — 38 And I will judge you as women who commit adultery and shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy.

Nahum 1:2 (ESV) — 2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.

He is the universal judge

Ps 79:6

Psalm 79:6 (ESV) — 6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name!

See also Ezr 8:22 ; Is 34:2 ; Zep 3:8

Ezra 8:22 (ESV) — 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”

Isaiah 34:2 (ESV) — 2 For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.

Zephaniah 3:8 (ESV) — 8 “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed.

He is also compassionate and slow to anger

Ps 103:8

Psalm 103:8 (ESV) — 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

See also Ex 34:6 ; Ne 9:17 ; Ps 78:38 ; Ps 86:15 ; Jon 4:2 ; Na 1:3

Exodus 34:6 (ESV) — 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,

Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV) — 17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.

Psalm 78:38 (ESV) — 38 Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.

Psalm 86:15 (ESV) — 15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Jonah 4:2 (ESV) — 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

Nahum 1:3 (ESV) — 3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Consequences of divine anger

Death and destruction

Dt 9:8

Deuteronomy 9:8 (ESV) — 8 Even at Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you.

See also Ex 15:7 ; Ex 32:10–11 ; Nu 11:1–2 ; Job 4:9 ; Is 13:5 ; Je 32:29

Exodus 15:7 (ESV) — 7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries; you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.

Exodus 32:10–11 (ESV) — 10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” 11 But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

Numbers 11:1–2 (ESV) — 1 And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down.

Job 4:9 (ESV) — 9 By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.

Isaiah 13:5 (ESV) — 5 They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the Lord and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Jeremiah 32:29 (ESV) — 29 The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city shall come and set this city on fire and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs offerings have been made to Baal and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods, to provoke me to anger.

Present judgment

La 2:2

Lamentations 2:2 (ESV) — 2 The Lord has swallowed up without mercy all the habitations of Jacob; in his wrath he has broken down the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has brought down to the ground in dishonor the kingdom and its rulers.

See also Nu 32:13 ; 2 Ki 13:3 ; Is 51:20 ; Eze 7:8 ; Hab 3:12 ; Mt 21:12–13

Numbers 32:13 (ESV) — 13 And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone.

2 Kings 13:3 (ESV) — 3 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael.

Isaiah 51:20 (ESV) — 20 Your sons have fainted; they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a net; they are full of the wrath of the Lord, the rebuke of your God.

Ezekiel 7:8 (ESV) — 8 Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.

Habakkuk 3:12 (ESV) — 12 You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger.

Matthew 21:12–13 (ESV) — 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

Future judgment

Is 13:9

Isaiah 13:9 (ESV) — 9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.

See also Da 8:19 ; Mt 3:7 ; Ro 2:5

Daniel 8:19 (ESV) — 19 He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.

Matthew 3:7 (ESV) — 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Romans 2:5 (ESV) — 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

God’s rejection of his people

Je 7:29

Jeremiah 7:29 (ESV) — 29 “ ‘Cut off your hair and cast it away; raise a lamentation on the bare heights, for the Lord has rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.’

See also Dt 31:17 ; 2 Ki 17:18 ; 2 Ki 23:25–27 ; Ps 78:59 ; Ps 89:38 ; La 2:6–7

Deuteronomy 31:17 (ESV) — 17 Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’

2 Kings 17:18 (ESV) — 18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only.

2 Kings 23:25–27 (ESV) — 25 Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him. 26 Still the Lord did not turn from the burning of his great wrath, by which his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked him. 27 And the Lord said, “I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city that I have chosen, Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.”

Psalm 78:59 (ESV) — 59 When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel.

Psalm 89:38 (ESV) — 38 But now you have cast off and rejected; you are full of wrath against your anointed.

Lamentations 2:6–7 (ESV) — 6 He has laid waste his booth like a garden, laid in ruins his meeting place; the Lord has made Zion forget festival and Sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest. 7 The Lord has scorned his altar, disowned his sanctuary; he has delivered into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they raised a clamor in the house of the Lord as on the day of festival.

Being saved from the anger of God

God’s anger may be temporary

Ps 30:5

Psalm 30:5 (ESV) — 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

See also Ps 103:9 ; Is 54:8 ; Is 57:16 ; Is 60:10

Psalm 103:9 (ESV) — 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.

Isaiah 54:8 (ESV) — 8 In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.

Isaiah 57:16 (ESV) — 16 For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me, and the breath of life that I made.

Isaiah 60:10 (ESV) — 10 Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor I have had mercy on you.

God’s anger cannot be averted by human means

Zep 1:18

Zephaniah 1:18 (ESV) — 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

See also Pr 11:4

Proverbs 11:4 (ESV) — 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

Humility and repentance are required

Zep 2:3

Zephaniah 2:3 (ESV) — 3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.

See also Ge 18:30–32 ; Dt 9:18–19 ; 2 Ch 12:7 ; 2 Ch 12:12 ; 2 Ch 30:8 ; Is 64:9 ; Joe 2:13

Genesis 18:30–32 (ESV) — 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”

Deuteronomy 9:18–19 (ESV) — 18 Then I lay prostrate before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed, in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger. 19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure that the Lord bore against you, so that he was ready to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me that time also.

2 Chronicles 12:7 (ESV) — 7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

2 Chronicles 12:12 (ESV) — 12 And when he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction. Moreover, conditions were good in Judah.

2 Chronicles 30:8 (ESV) — 8 Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from you.

Isaiah 64:9 (ESV) — 9 Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Joel 2:13 (ESV) — 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

God’s anger is averted on account of his love for believers

La 3:22

Lamentations 3:22 (ESV) — 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

See also Ho 11:9

Hosea 11:9 (ESV) — 9 I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

God’s anger is averted on account of the work of Jesus Christ

Ro 5:9

Romans 5:9 (ESV) — 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

See also Jn 3:36 ; 1 Th 1:10 ; 1 Th 5:9

John 3:36 (ESV) — 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (ESV) — 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (ESV) — 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

a 13:15; Tt 3:3

2 Samuel 13:15 (ESV) — 15 Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!”

Titus 3:3 (ESV) — 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Hatred of God himself

Ps 81:15; Ro 1:29–31

Psalm 81:15 (ESV) — 15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever.

Romans 1:29–31 (ESV) — 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Hatred of Jesus Christ

Jn 7:7

John 7:7 (ESV) — 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.

Hatred of the godly and upright

1 Ki 22:8; Mt 10:22

1 Kings 22:8 (ESV) — 8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

Matthew 10:22 (ESV) — 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Believers are to love those who hate them

Lk 6:27–28

Luke 6:27–28 (ESV) — 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

God’s hatred of evil

Ps 5:4–5; Pr 6:16–19; Is 61:8

Psalm 5:4–5 (ESV) — 4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV) — 16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Isaiah 61:8 (ESV) — 8 For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

The godly should also hate evil

Pr 8:13; Ro 12:9

Proverbs 8:13 (ESV) — 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Romans 12:9 (ESV) — 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.



sin, and God’s character

In his righteousness and holiness, God detests sin and its effects upon humanity. In his mercy and grace, he makes available a means of atonement, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God’s character and sin

God himself is perfect Hab 1:13; 1Jn 1:5 See also Dt 32:4; Jos 24:19; Ps 97:2; Isa 6:3

Jesus Christ is sinless 1Pe 2:22 See also Isa 53:9; 2Co 5:21; Heb 1:9; 7:26-27; 1Jn 3:5

God’s people are to be holy 1Pe 1:15-16 See also Lev 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7; Mt 5:48; 1Th 4:7; 1Jn 3:3

God’s attitude to sin

God knows all sin Jer 16:17 See also Job 10:14; Ps 139:1-4; Jer 2:22; Hos 7:2; Am 5:12; Heb 4:13

God grieves over sin Ge 6:6 See also Isa 63:10; Eph 4:30

God hates sin Ps 11:5 See also Dt 25:16; 2Sa 11:27; Ps 5:5; Pr 6:16-19; Zec 8:17; Lk 16:15

Sin provokes God’s anger Ro 1:18 See also 2Ch 36:16; Eze 20:8; Am 1:3; Jn 3:36; Eph 5:5-6; Col 3:5-6

God is also merciful and gracious Ex 34:6-7 See also Ne 9:17,31; Ps 78:38; 103:8-14; La 3:22-23; Mic 7:18-19; Ro 11:32

God’s patience with sinners 2Pe 3:9 See also Ro 2:4; 9:22; 1Ti 1:16

Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation of God’s love for sinners

Jesus Christ’s ministry of forgiveness 1Ti 1:15 See also Mt 9:2 pp Mk 2:5 pp Lk 5:20-21; Lk 7:36-50; 15:1-10; 19:5-10; Jn 8:1-11

God’s love shown in Jesus Christ’s death Ro 5:8 See also Jn 3:16-17; Eph 2:4; 1Pe 3:18; 1Jn 4:9-10

The risen Christ gives grace to sinful people 1Jn 2:1 See also Ro 8:34; Heb 2:17-18; 4:15-5:2[1]


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[1] Martin H. Manser, Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies (London: Martin Manser, 1999).

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  1. Received the following from a Facebook friend:


    Just wanted to say thanks for answering a lot of my questions about why God would get angry in different situations!! I know you said that you shouldn’t expect people to say that you preached well but, you did do good! I know a lot of it was because God put a lot of what he wanted you to say on your heart!! God will help you with the things you need to work on!! Just as He is helping me with mine!! Hope you guys have a great Christmas with family and friends!!