when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the LORD will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them."
How much do we long to see our enemies laid low beneath our feet? How much hatred do we hold in our hearts?
People talk about being love-sick. I think we are hate-sick.
What else could cause someone to so joyously celebrate the humiliation and defeat of another person? What else could cause us to feel so much pride when another falls? What else is capable of allowing us to take pleasure in another's pain other than some bizarre psychological issues? Only hatred.
The implication of v 18 is that God would turn his wrath away from them, and presumably onto the one who rejoices. The joy that you feel when another stumbles is born of hatred and that joy will soon turn to sorrow if left unattended.
So who do you hate? Democrats? Republicans? Blacks? Whites? Arabs? Muslims? Jews? Christians? The Obese? Gays? Slow Drivers? Fast Drivers? The arrogant? Those who aren't good enough? Celebrities? Nobodies? The government? Your mom? Your dad? Family? Your dog? My dog?
We are haters by nature. How can we say we love God whom we have not seen and yet hate another whom we have seen? The only cure is forgiveness and forgiveness is only born of God. Therefore turn to God and be healed of your hate-sickness.