Proof-texting, bad. Eisegesis, bad. Both call to me in this verse. I recently reflected on a previous verse,
(Proverbs 8:13 KJV) The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.I pointed out that we are required to hate evil. Now as I read the first part of this verse I am reminded of the probable consequences of hating evil, “strife” (4090).
The actual context is to emphasize “love” (160) over hate but when we exercise “hatred” (8135) in a Biblical manner we need to understand it will cause tension. It will cause tension among church attenders because they have been conditioned to avoid conflict even in the pursuit and defense of truth. Their answer always seems to be, “A little more water, please. It is still too strong”. The other group that will think bad thoughts toward you are the evil that you are exposing.
So? Jesus promised we would be persecuted if we followed Him. It is a promise that we don’t like to remember but it is still true. Happy truth day.