God Hates a Great Deal | Psalm 5:4–6

          For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
            evil may not dwell with you.
          The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
            you hate all evildoers.
          You destroy those who speak lies;
            the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

We know that God is love (1 John 4:8), so we sometimes struggle with the idea that He could “hate all evildoers.”  The problem is that we have a limited understanding of love, for it must have hatred.  If I love my wife, I must, by necessity, hate whatever does her harm.  As God loves His children, He must also hate those who hurt them.  Even so, His hatred is pure and based on His holy nature.

God won’t countenance deviations from His holiness—wickedness, evil, boastfulness, iniquity, falsehood, murder, deceit.  He won’t enjoy it for a moment nor give it temporary lodging.  A New Testament reflection of this is 1 Corinthians 6:9–10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

You were born under these wretched categories, but hope remains.  The next verse in 1 Corinthians 6 says, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  This is the good news of the gospel—we don’t have to remain in bondage to sin.  Christ can set us free, washing the filth of our prison form us by Word and Spirit, and justifying us before the Holy Judge of heaven and earth. 

Place your hope and faith in Him to sanctify you—to take you in your depraved state and make you holy. Place your hope and faith in Him to declare you righteous of your iniquities and transgressions.  Place your hope and faith in Him today so that you, unrepentant in your sins, don’t become an object of His wrath.

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