fearfully and wonderfully conflicted

Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

this verse leaves me with a bit of knotted thought and turned stomach.  i find the verse relatable, and in that, painful.

it seems right, doesn't it, to hate those who hate the Lord?  but what exactly defines hate?  what exactly demonstrates rebellion.  according to Romans 3:23 "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  how can we decide who has hated or rebelled, when the Word clearly says we all have?

see the problem?

this verse, on the heels of a deep offense taken from those who use the Lord's name in vain, shows our very self-righteous nature in judging one another.  as soon as we hear someone speak against the Lord, we are surely burdened and upset.  but we are also forgetting our own transgressions.

the words "I have nothing but hatred" are translated from the Hebrew word taklith

taklith:  end, completeness, a boundary

think long and hard about certain Christians you know, and i mean reeally know.  you know their pasts, their secrets, their weaknesses and challenges.  you have heard them let their prayer guard down, and you have silently condemned them for rebelling or sinning.  you have, in a sense, expressed hatred toward them.  you have drawn a line in the sand, a boundary, by deciding that their actions are unrighteous.

we should be so careful to notice these moments.  from the throne, we are all sinning.  from the throne, we are all in a state of rebellion and working hard to get to Heaven.  in these moments, it would serve us well to find ourselves fearfully and wonderfully conflicted in our judgments.  the humility check could do us all a great amount of service.

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