Sunday, 5 February 2017

Love the Lord - hate evil

You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. – Psalm 97.10

Sadly evil is an ever present truth. It is everywhere. It would be nice if we could find some way to always avoid every instance of evil. It would be nice we didn’t have to even deal with evil, but we do. Evil is an ever present evil.

We need to know how we are going to handle evil when it appears. We are told that we should abstain whenever we come across evil. We ought to not get involved with it when it appears.

To put it plainly, like the psalmist does here, those of us who love the Lord are to hate evil. We are not to dabble with it. We are not to take it lightly. We are not to play games with it. We are to do one thing with evil – we are to hate it.

The bad thing about evil is that it doesn’t always look like evil. It can look good. It can appeal to our fleshly desires. It can appear to be something we can handle. But none of that is true – evil is something that deserves only our hate.

We are not often called on to hate. Our primary trait is to be the opposite – love. Hate is an emotion reserved to evil. Our hate ought to drive it away. Our hate for it ought to keep us away.

Lord, help me to hate evil as much as I love you.

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