The story of Amnon and Tamar in 2 Samuel 13 is an interesting one. Amnon falls in love with his half sister, Tamar. He wants her so bad he tricks David into sending her to care for him while he pretended to be ill. When she comes he forces himself on her and rapes her. The odd thing is that he did it because he loved her? Then, he abhors her! The Bible says, Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he loved her.
I remember studying this story in Bible class at Harding years ago. The application that the teacher made was that there is a very fine line between love and hate! Have you ever eaten something that you love… ate so much of it that you became sick of it? I always tell the story of Keith Stanglin who got extra Big Macs because of a mistake at the drive through at McDonald’s. He ended up eating 5 or 6 Big Macs (the number gets bigger every time I tell the story). Keith says he got so sick of Big Macs that to this day he cannot eat a Big Mac!
There is a fine line between love and hate. And, we can choose whether to hate a person or love a person. We choose whether to be kind or rude to a person. We choose whether to associate or avoid a person. We sometimes say, We agreed to disagree, but then that greatly affects how we associate with that person.
For God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Hmmm… God chose to love me even when I was unlovable. God crossed the fine line between love and hate and chose to love.