The Difference between Loving Enemies and Loving Evil

The Bible has many quotes about loving your enemies, but it also mentions several times to hate evil and those that do it.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

So you can see how it could be confusing. What if our enemies are evil? Do we love them? The answer is a mixed bag. We should completely love our enemies, even if they make mistakes because we all do. Enemies, in that sense, being people who have yet to be judged by God. They make mistakes and sometimes it’s not always obvious how much they regret them (even if their sin is directed at you). Regret is not always instant either. Your worst enemy today, may in fact be your friend three years later. I’m sure we’ve all had bad experiences with first encounters.

But there are those out there who consider God an enemy and instead of choosing to love good, they love evil. These are the ones who you should not love at all. For their King is not the God of Heaven, it is the king of pride. These defilers lust after the flesh, love deception, and above all want to enslave mankind and ruin the children of God. 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth.” Corinthians 13:4-6

That tells us right there; that’s what we were looking for. If your enemy delights in evil, and never regrets, then for them, no love should be found in you. But if there is hope that they may one day come to repentance, you should try to show them love in hopes that it helps them see the error in their ways. Nothing good comes from crushing the chance of someone’s repentance, by withholding a caring act that could’ve changed that persons perspective of you.

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1 thought on “The Difference between Loving Enemies and Loving Evil”

  1. Imagine, if you would, being one of the first century believers. Perhaps your mother or father, sister or brother had been ripped from their own home by the man Saul of Tarsus. They may even have been stoned to death, a martyr, baptized in blood for their faith. How you would want to hate that man. Certainly you would hate his actions. And those actions were against the very Body of Christ. And yet, in some certain amount of time, he would become St. Paul. God works in mysterious ways. We do not which enemies will become our beloved brothers. We must love our enemies and pray for them. Hate the evil they do, but do not hate them. Pray for their souls and their minds that God might turn them even as he turned St Paul.


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