This puts an interesting twist on the motivation of liars and slanderers. I must pay attention here.
When I lie, is it because I have some hatred in my heart? What or who would I be hating?
Is it that I hate God? Now that is one to ponder.
“Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander.” ~~King Solomon (Proverbs 10:18 The Message Bible)
Hatred is a strong negative reaction; a feeling toward someone considered an enemy, possibly indicating volatile hostility.
People sometimes hate God and His people. They are enemies of God who stubbornly rebel at His will and will be punished. There is a group now known as the “new Atheists”. Their hatred of God and His people is very obvious. I regularly interact with them. It is not fun.
It is equally possible to hide hatred of God. It comes out in lies though.
Hatred of other people is a common response in human relations. Conflict, jealousy, and envy often result in animosity, separation, revenge, and even murder. Some Hebrew laws explicitly deal with hatred or favoritism.
Hatred of other people is frequently condemned, and love toward enemies is commanded by Jesus. Hatred characterizes the old age and the sinful life. Although Jesus cited the attitude of hating enemies, the OT does not give an explicit command like this. The Dead Sea Scrolls, however, indicate that the Essenes at Qumran cultivated hatred for enemies, but they discouraged retaliation. Jesus stressed loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us.
Believers can experience or practice hatred in certain contexts. For example, they are to hate whatever opposes God. Not a malicious attitude, this hate reflects agreement with God’s opposition to evil. Although some of the psalms may sound vindictive, they leave punishment of the wicked to God’s prerogative.
Jesus’ disciples would have to hate their families to follow him. Hate here refers not to emotional hostility but to the conscious establishment of priorities. Hate means to love family less than one loves Jesus. Similarly, one should hate one’s personal life to gain eternal life.
Disciples can expect to be hated, just as Jesus was hated by the world. Hatred and persecution will also occur near the end of time. Jesus encouraged His disciples to rejoice at this opposition.
McWilliams, W. (2003). Hate, Hatred. In C. Brand, C. Draper, A. England, S. Bond, E. R. Clendenen, & T. C. Butler (Eds.), Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (p. 723). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.