the great hatred

Hosea 9


The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know [it]: the prophet [is] a fool, the spiritual man [is] mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

I was encouraged by something I read lately, to confess not just the symptoms of sin, but the root sins in my heart. I thought about when I talked angrily to people, how I was doing that because I didn't love them the way I should. I apologized for talking angrily to them, and for the root of the problem, of not loving them the way I should.

What is the opposite of love? Hate. When we lack the love we should have for other people, the sin of hating them creeps in. That was one of the great sins of Israel that Hosea spoke of. We need to make sure we don't have hatred, and that we love others the way we should.

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