It is incredibly interesting that two words we try to avoid and “correct” in our world are fear and hate.
Yet, in the Bible, they are words that have a different meaning in a different context.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov. 1:7, NIV)
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. (Ps. 97:10, NIV)
While “fear” and “hate” need to be corrected in some contexts, they actually need to be embraced in this context.
It’s our abuse of these words in our current world that is keeping us from a true understanding of an incredible God.