What does the Bible say about hate?
Here's the answer:
The Bible tells us we should not hate others.
The Bible tells us we should not hate ourselves or other people. Even if someone does something bad to us, we should not hate them. God tells us to forgive others. Holding onto hatred will only make our hearts hurt.
There are times when it is okay to hate. We should hate the things that God hates (Psalm 97:10a). God hates sin. We should hate sin too. We can show God we hate sin by being obedient to Him and making good choice that honor Him.
Hating others will cause us to feel bad. It will also make God very unhappy. Instead of being hateful, we need to extend love. If you are feeling hateful today, ask God to help you release the hatred. God is faithful. He will help you let go of your hate.
"But here is what I tell you. Do not be angry with a brother or sister. Anyone who is angry with them will be judged..." (Matthew 5:22).
"Suppose someone claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister. Then they are still in the darkness" (1 John 2:9).
"Be sure that no one misses out on God’s grace. See to it that a bitter plant doesn’t grow up. If it does, it will cause trouble. And it will make many people impure" (Hebrews 12:15).
"Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done" (Ephesians 4:32).