Practical Grace, Part 6: Holy Hatred (Romans 12:9)

May 15, 2016 Series: Practical Grace: Living the Faith We Say We Believe (Romans 12)

Topic: Love Scripture: Romans 12:9

The Bible says there is “a time to love and a time to hate” (Ecclesiastes 3:8). Love, of course, is the supreme Christian virtue for believers, but when could it ever be right for the followers of Jesus to hate? In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul indicates that the ability to hate—rightly directed—is absolutely critical to living a successful Christian life. In fact, one of the reasons many believers fail to make progress in their spiritual journey is because they’ve never learned the art of holy hatred. “Love must be sincere,” says Paul. “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). In the end, believers must learn to love what God loves and hate what God hates. Does this describe your Christian life?

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