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. Psalm 97:10
Two things that are commonly talked about by many people are love and hate. Non-believers are very quick to tell believers that they are to show love and not hate. Most believers will agree with them in that they should not show any hate towards any person.
Jesus had said that believers are to love their enemies. So the statement of loving people is true and strong.
The world interprets some things as hate, when in reality it is love. If a believer speaks out against a sin or hates some type of sin, it is automatically interpreted that he hates the person. Hating sin has nothing to do with whether a person loves another person or not.
The psalmist said that anyone who loves God, must hate evil. All evil is sin and all sin is evil.
The challenge many believers have is what they call evil. Generally people think of evil as extreme horrible sins, such as murder, rape, extreme violence, and other ‘major’ sins.
God calls all sin evil. Right alongside of murder is also telling lies, gossip, jealousy, pride, and many other ‘little’ sins. All of these are also evil.
Believers must not hate any person, and many are guilty of that, but they must hate the actions and evil. You must hate evil so much that you turn away from it. Do not look on it, do not think about it, do not touch it.
God is pure and holy and cannot be around any sin or evil at all. Jesus was the perfect image of God and you were called to be just like Jesus. You are to live your life in a way that you run away from evil. Do not allow yourself to take part in any type of evil, no matter how large or small it is.
Where do you sit with evil?
Do you overlook small sins?
Or do you run from all sin?
I pray today that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will hate sin as God hates sin; that you will love people as God loves people; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.