Psalm 97:10: “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand 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, Earth as we know it would cease to exist and our current life forms would have no chance of survival.

If we do not protect our relationships they will disintegrate over time; this is 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 more than words can say and who is our shield, day and night, night and day.

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