To love is to hate. 

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We often think of hate as the enemy of love, but sometime hate is its companion. 

For example:

To love good is to hate evil. 

To love life is to hate murder. 

To love truth is to hate lies. 

To love purity is to hate impurity. 

To love dogs is to hate cats. 

To love UK is to hate Duke. . 

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. (Psalm 11:5-7)

Yes, you read that right. God hates the wicked. (What?) 

The reason is because God is holy and good, therefore He must love that which is holy and good, AND hate all that is unholy and evil. For not hating evil is not loving good.  

Yes, God is love. And because He is love He must hate. For He can’t love good and not hate evil. 

And now for the really bad news. You are evil and have done evil. Therefore God’s love demands His hate toward you. 

But here is the really good news. Jesus is good and always does good. And Jesus went to a cross to experience God’s hate and wrath towards you. And if you repent and believe in Him, your new identity is “in Him”. Meaning you are no longer evil but good, and completely good at that. 

So if you are in Christ, God loves you because you are righteous and good in Jesus. If you are not in Christ, then God feels the opposite towards you. 
“Hate is not always the enemy of love. Sometimes hate is its companion.”