Love and Hate

The issues of love and hate are complicated enough without contemplating a God who is love but still hates. How God can love and hate and still maintain His integrity.

Day One: God is Love
Let's look at how the Bible describes love, and then we will see a few ways in which God is the essence of love. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs"...
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Day Two: Unconditional Love
God's love, as described in the Bible, is clearly unconditional in that His love is expressed toward the objects of His love (that is, His people) despite their disposition toward Him. In other words, God loves because it His nature to love...
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For more, see: "God's Total and Unconditional Love"

Day Three: Why God Loves
This short question is among the most profound questions ever asked. And no human would ever be able to answer it sufficiently. One thing is certain, however. God does not love us because we are lovable or because we deserve His love. If anything, the opposite is true...
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For more, see: "Does God love me?"

Day Four: Who God Loves
There is a sense in which God loves everyone in the whole world. This love in not conditional—it is based only on the fact that God is a God of love. God's love for all of mankind results in the fact that God shows His mercy by not immediately punishing people for their sins ...
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Day Five: God, Love, and Satan
No, God does not love Satan, and neither should we. God cannot love that which is evil and unholy, and Satan embodies all of that. He is the enemy; the evil one; the father of lies and a murderer; the accuser of God's people; the tempter...
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Day Six: God and Hate
It might seem a contradiction that a God who is love can also hate. Yet that's exactly what Bible says is true: God is love, and God hates. God's nature is love—He always does what is best for others—and He hates what is contrary to His nature—He hates what is contrary to love...
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Day Seven: The Wrath of God
Wrath is defined as "the emotional response to perceived wrong and injustice," often translated as "anger," "indignation," "vexation," or "irritation." Both humans and God express wrath. But there is vast difference between the wrath of God and the wrath of man...
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For more, see: "How do I get the image of God as imposing and angry out of my mind?"

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Published 10-25-16