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Why must I love everyone if God "hates" Esau?

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If God wants me to be compassionate, isn’t God saying “do as I say, not as I do?” (See page 128, BELIEVE). Didn’t God say, “Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated” (twice in fact, in Mal. 1:2-3 and in Rom. 9:13).  Why does God command us to meet the needs of people when He Himself doesn’t do it?
    If you were to spend some time on these passages in Malachi and Romans, you would see that the Bible does not say that God “hated” the actual person of Esau, but rather the nation of Edom, descendants of Esau, and to a broader sense, any nation other than Jacob, also known as Israel. Furthermore, the word “hate” is a relative term when used in comparison and contrast of the word “love.”
    Jesus did a similar thing when he said the following (see Luke 14:26-27, and Matt. 10:37-38):

26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and …