Have you ever been hated by someone? It’s a horrendous experience isn’t it? In the ministry, that happens more frequently than you think. It’s happened to me a few times in the past 30 years. For no good reason, people decided to dedicate themselves to my downfall or even my destruction. They did everything they could to turn other people against me. They lied about me, they attacked me, they simply made things up.
But, you don’t need to be in ministry for this to happen. Those who were our friends can turn into our enemies. It can even happen within our own family. It’s a scary experience which makes us feel lonely, defenseless, and helpless, especially because we cannot descend to their tactics. In Psalm 5, we learn how King David responded to his enemies. He found a double comfort, God’s holy hatred and God’s holy love.