Psalm 97:10: “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.”

Love and hate are the opposite poles on the spectrum of emotions. The equator line of indifference lies smack in the middle and is frowned upon by the Trinity. Jesus calls indifferent people “lukewarm”. He further describes them as delusional, detached from reality. Here are His words (Revelation 3:17):

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

There is no indifference in taking a stand. It takes passion to love, and with the same fierce passion we will hate anything that wants to destroy what we love. Passion in a way offers a shield of protection. Interestingly, the North and the South Pole with its magnetic fields similarly offer a shield of protection against the sun’s powerful radiation. Without the magnetic fields the earth as we know it would cease to exist and our current life forms had no chance of survival.

If we don’t protect our relationships they will disintegrate over time; that’s why all good relationships take a lot of work. We love with passion, and we protect with passion – following the footsteps of God Almighty who loves us passionately and who is our shield, day and night, night and day!

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