Do you hate evil?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
(Psalms 97:10 (NIV))

Do you hate evil?

I don’t mean do you not allow it into your life, but do you go out of your way to remove evil from all around you?

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines hate as intense hostility and aversion or extreme dislike or antipathy. If we are true to the meaning of the word, then if we love the Lord, we must so dislike evil that we will do all within our power to remove it from our lives.

Today’s society has started falsely saying that anything is ok as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. This type of false truth has allowed evil to run rampart within our society while too many people turn their backs because it does not hurt them. We cannot allow evil and sin to exist and take the attitude that it is ok as long as we do not take part in it. We must do all that we can to remove evil and the temptations that it presents.

There is only one way to overcome evil and reach out to those who are caught up in it.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
(Romans 3:23-24 (NIV))

We must share Jesus with those who are trapped within the evils of this world. We must not only show them with words, we must show them with actions. We must do what Jesus would do. He did not condemn. He did not preach with a self-righteous attitude. He simply told people the truth of God’s Word and let them follow for themselves. We cannot bring everyone to the saving knowledge of salvation through the atoning blood of Jesus, but we can place ourselves as haters of sin who long to see everyone saved. We must long wholeheartedly to know that those who are caught up in evil can and will be able to claim salvation.

“Blessed are they
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”
(Romans 4:7-8 (NIV))

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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