DEFINITION: Hatred is an intense emotional feeling of hostility towards an individual, a group, or an authority figure in your life.
FACTS ABOUT HATRED:
Hatred is often the root cause of negative emotions like anger, bitterness, rebellion, and hostility.
Hatred never operates in isolation. According to the Word of God, “hatred stirs up strife” (Proverbs 10:12). Hatred affects others around you because you become an angry and bitter person.
Hatred is multi-faceted. It affects you spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Many mental, emotional, and physical maladies have been linked to the negative emotion of hatred.
Hatred usually involves a refusal to forgive someone.
Hatred is sin. The Bible states that if you hate your brother, you are in spiritual darkness (1 John 2 :9). God compares hatred to murder (1 John 3:15).
You cannot love God and hate someone. The Bible declares: “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).
DEALING WITH HATRED:
Confess hatred as sin. That is what it is, according to the Bible. Ask God to forgive you.
Forgive the one who offended you. You may need to confront the person and ask for or extend forgiveness. You must resolve the root causes behind your hatred.
Pray for your enemy and extend mercy. Luke 6:27-36 directs you to pray for your enemies, respond to their needs, and extend to them the same mercy that a merciful God has extended to you.
Keep your heart from hatred. Do not allow bitterness and unforgiveness to fester into hatred. “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV) You “keep your heart” through prayer and study and application of God’s Word.
Ask God to release love to replace the hatred. Study 1 Corinthians 13 and ask God to develop in your life the qualities of love listed there.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT HATRED:
Do not hate your brother in your heart. (Leviticus 19:17)
Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. (Psalm 28:3)
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. (Proverbs 10:12)
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-44)
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:27-36)
If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. (Luke 17:3)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (Ephesians 4:31)
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. (1 Peter 2:1)
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (1 John 2:9-11)
Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. (1 John 3:15)
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:20-21)