Hate Sin, but Love Sinners
The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.
In the introduction I spoke of the polarity between the “righteous” and the “wicked.” No middle ground exists. One must score 100 percent to be counted in the realm of the righteous — a score impossible for people — but not for God (Mark 10:27).
By His grace alone, God saves some. They are regenerated, given new hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). Though justified in His sight, we still carry the stain of sin. Those “born from above” (John 3:3) are armed with the gospel and sent out to the ends of the earth to gather His people together (Matthew 28:19-20).
Everyone should be confronted with the gospel of Christ in love. There, but for the grace of God, go we. Their sin is despicable, but we need to love them enough to give them the opportunity to be freely saved. Others may hate us and revile us and say all manner of evil against us falsely, yet we are to pray for them and do good to them (Matthew 5:44-45).
I believe Proverbs 29:27 will reach its full application in the age to come, following the judgment. Then the wicked in hell will be truly detested by the righteous, as they come under the permanent wrath of God. Then they will be hated, even as they also hate the righteous in heaven. God will bring glory to those who reached out to them in love.
Cain and Abel. The wicked’s hatred of the righteous came early in history. Righteous Abel was murdered by Cain. This bloodshed is but a foreshadowing of the evil done by the wicked upon the righteous ever since (Genesis 4:8-10; 1 John 3:12-13).
Paul. Paul wept over his Jewish brothers who would not respond to the gospel he preached. He loved them and even wished that he could be judged in their place (Romans 9:1-3; 10:1).
Prayer of Application
Father, thank You for saving me and imputing to me the righteousness of Christ. Help me to fulfill my role in the Great Commission, so that all may hear of Your salvation.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley