She was led to Psalm 139:19-24 after wondering aloud if her hatred of the one who had deceived, tricked until she got what she wanted was holding her back in any way, especially the ministry. She kept landing on verse 22: “I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.”
How many times have we been heard saying I hate so and so, I hate this, I hate when…?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Today’s blog is yet another revelation from her heart to yours as she questioned how she could forgive but still have hatred for the one forgiven, and her discovery that there is a “perfect hatred” to apply in place of harmful hatred.
The words on the page took her on a detour to the study notes. How in the world, she wondered aloud, could there be a “perfect hatred”?
She looked up the backdrop for this Psalm and was reminded of several points: 1The psalmists always demanded God’s justice and vengeance, not their own! 2They were intimately aware of God’s justice; therefore, no subject was taboo in their cries out to God. 3And finally, the demands of justice and/or vengeance were written out of intense personal suffering.
Okay, well, this situation meets all of those, she thought to herself.
The first sentence in the study notes/life application caused her yet another pause; it talked about this type of perfect hatred for those who hate God “But they both claim to pray to you, oh, God? It’s not for me to judge –
“Their actions voice their hatred for me and therefore I can’t hear their prayers. However, you need to focus on your attitude, not their actions for this is all I help you to correct”
Conviction washed over her and opened the eyes of her heart even more. She continued reading, desperate to learn what it means to have perfect hatred for someone.
As she continued reading the study notes, they confirmed that like David, her hatred for this enemy came from her zeal for Christ’s truths; that her hatred was and continued to be a desire for God’s righteous justice and not for her own personal vengeance.
She was next led to Psalm 4:1-8: A sacrifice of righteousness is anger without sinning, allowing God to turn harmful hatred into perfect hatred, being angry and not taking matters in our own hands.
She couldn’t help but sing along with the worship song: “Hallelujah, you have saved me; You are my great defender, so much better are your ways, Abba.”
Oh, if you have stayed with me in this blog, I pray you take a few moments to pause and ask yourself: Where does my hatred come from? Does it come from a place of zeal for Christ, like David’s hatred? Is my hatred really a desire for God’s righteous justice and not for my own scheming vengeance? He wants to be invited into this area of harmful hatred that He may perfect it.
Loved by Him…