John Piper – Genuine Love must Hate


Genuine love must hate in order to be love. If there were a universe in which there was no evil hurting people and dishonoring God; that statement would be false. In fact, there would be no such thing as hate in such a universe. We do not live in that universe. Paul says, “Let love be genuine, abhorring evil.”

It’s the reason why true followers of Christ are willing to be scorned for taking a stand against sin and false teachings. We do it because we love people.

You cannot be a wishy washy, lovey dovey, greasy, relational, non-hating-anything person and be a loving person!

Some people have that notion that love is always smooth, love is always easy love is always gentle, love doesn’t speak in negatives, love doesn’t get on anyone’s case, love is just so soft and warm…No Way! Not in this world.

If you don’t hate anything in this world you cant possibly love…because things are killing people! Things are destroying people. Things are dishonoring God.

If you can’t hate; you can’t love! If love it the doing of good for people; love is the hating of what destroys people.

-John Piper

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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