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.”

North and South Pole with its magnetic fields 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.

When we see evil things happening right in front of our doorsteps we cannot be indifferent. Just as the magnetic fields protect the earth we protect what is good by standing up for what is right. If we love Jesus then we also love people. We speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; we identify injustice and support the cause of minorities.

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” (Revelation 3:15-16):

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Jesus asks us to be either hot or cold – we love Him or we don’t love Him. Certainly the Lord Himself is not indifferent about us; He has fought for us all the way. His passion was on public display on the cross. Jesus loves openly, publicly, sacrificially, and so do His followers. Loving with passion we have the promise that the Lord is our shield and deliverer.

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