Not long ago I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Hate is not a family value.” At first I accepted it but as I continued to think about it, the more I disagreed with it. As I drove along, I said out loud – talking to myself, “it all depends upon what you hate.”

It seems to me that children should be taught both to love and to hate. Since we, as believers, want our children to love God, righteousness, goodness and justice, we must teach them to hate the Devil, sin, wrong and unrighteousness.

There is no doubt about it: hating what God hates is a family value. Listen to these Scriptures:

Psalm 97:10 “You that love the Lord, hate evil . . .”

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil . . .”

Amos 5:15 “Hate the evil, and love the good . . .”

Ecclesiastes 3:8 “A time to love and a time to hate . . .”

Psalm 119:97 “I hate vain thoughts but thy law do I love . . .”

Psalm 119:163 “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. . .”

So, you see, hate is a family value. As members of God’s family we are to love but also to hate. In one way, these opposite traits are mutually exclusive. As we concentrate on doing the one side, the other side will be ignored and neglected. As we, through the Holy Spirit, love others and do righteous and good acts, we will avoid the ungodly and sinful behaviors of the flesh.

Psalm 119:104 gives us a tip on how to do this: “Through thy precepts I get understanding.”

“Precepts” refers to the Word of God and “understanding” means to separate or distinguish.
God’s word gives me the ability to discern between right and wrong or what to hate and what to love. Studying God’s word will make me an effective and proficient lover and hater because I will learn to hate what God hates and to love what God loves.

The question is are you teaching your family to hate? The only way you can do that is to have regular Bible studies with your children so they can learn first-hand how to love God and how to hate sin.

I believe that hate is a family value.

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