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
Promotion of what is evil can be found all over the place in many different forms. The world does not see evil as evil, but as good, fun and entertaining. People feel that they have the right to think, listen, say, and do whatever they want, how they want and when they want.
Music, games, movies, TV shows and books will promote lies, cheating, killing and other evil deeds as acceptable, or just ‘not as bad as….’ Many evil things are hidden behind the mask of comedy, making light of something bad and evil.
The psalmist encourages those who love God to hate evil. The reason for that is that God is protecting the lives of those who are faithful.
Loving something that is evil is putting oneself into the enemies hands and danger. It is purposefully allowing oneself to be harmed. It is also putting oneself against God, bringing on His wrath and anger.
Jesus died to remove all sin and evil from the life of every person. To follow Jesus and turn back to that evil is to deny Christ.
Seeing any evil, in any form, should break the heart of a believer. What is being seen is sin and shows people who do not really know God or have allowed themselves to walk away from Him.
Love will only want what is good, right, holy and pure. Every believer is to live their lives as Jesus lived, only doing what is good, right, holy and pure. They will allow God to control their thoughts and actions to do only what will please Him. This is not done to earn salvation, but because one is saved, it is done out of love.
Jesus has removed all sin from your life. Do not allow yourself to go back into it or be entertained by sin. Hate all evil, in every form and flee it. Allow your heart to break at those being bound up in evil.
Fill your heart with God’s love, knowing the love God had and has for you. Love what God loves and hate what God hates. God loves people, but hates evil and sin.
Doing these things will fill your heart with God’s love and peace, rather than fear and death.
I pray today that you will allow God to transform your thinking; that you will love God with all of your life; that God will help you to hate all evil doing; and that your life will shine God’s love in this world.
Thank you for continuing this look at marriage from a biblical perspective. In the past few articles we looked at what marriage is and is not, and we looked at the husband’s role in a marriage. Now I will look at the wife’s role.
In the beginning God had created the heavens and the earth. Once He had made all of the land, plants, and animals, God created man. Everything was perfect, except for one thing–man was alone. God said “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” ( Genesis 2:18)
After Adam had named all of the animals, God noticed that there was no suitable helper for him. So:
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of a man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:21-24
The woman was taken from man and was made his wife. She is a part of the man and he is a part of her. Once together as husband and wife, they are back together as one.
This here shows the beginning of what was later termed as ‘marriage’. At this point there is no regulation as to what a wife is to do other than be a helpmate for her husband, however, that is a large job in itself.
A helpmate is one who stands beside and helps out in any way that one can help.
When Jesus left the earth, He knew it was not good for man to be left alone, so He sent His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit was to come and be the helper for all men and women. He would help them become more like Jesus. He would help them have the strength to do what needed to be done. He would give them guidance as to how to accomplish God’s mission for them. He would provide the needed comfort. He was the ultimate Helper for every person.
Not being the Ultimate Helper, the wife is a helper for the husband. She is to help her husband out to be the best that he can be. She is to help her husband out to do the job God has called him to do.
The exact help provided will change from time to time and with different circumstances. Sometimes she will help by being an encourager, other times it will be to rebuke. Other times it may be to provide direction or instruction, while other times to be comfort. All of this is done out of love.
When there is love for someone, you will want to help that person be the best he can be for God. This is not be the best he can be for the world, but for God. It is not about self, it is not about him or her, but about God.
Several thousand years later Paul wrote to the husbands and wives. To the wives he said:
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:22-24 )
Many women hate this verse or try to ignore it. Many others will try to excuse this verse away. However, it does not get rid of this verse.
Every person, man or woman, is supposed to be sold out, 100% to Jesus. They are to submit to Him in every area of their lives. He is to have the ultimate say in their lives, because He is the head.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Romans 6:22 )
The term ‘slave’ is a politically incorrect term to use according to people today. Yet, this is what God calls it. As a believer, you have chosen to become a slave to God. This means that you have to submit to Him in every thing, in every area of your life. God has the ultimate say in everything.
This submission, however, is done out of love, not force. This is where the slavery of this world and slavery to God is different. You must bind yourself to God out of love.
As a wife, you are to submit to your husband in the same way. The only way a husband does not get the ultimate say is if it goes against God’s word. Then and only then, does a wife have a way to refuse to submit to him. This should be the exception, not the norm.
Love is the motivator in all of this submission. You are to love your husband and then you will be able to submit to him, follow him, and support him. This is being the helpmeet that he needs.
When you try to do your own thing and go your own way, you are creating division and are not one. This will not allow him to follow God’s commands to be one with his wife.
There will be times when this will be easy to do and there will be times when this is extremely difficult to do. It is no different then your walk with God–easy some times, difficult other times. Don’t give up or give in, but trust in God’s strength and leading. Remember His love for you and pass that on to your husband.
As you focus your life on God and trust Him with your marriage and your life, He will give you the strength to submit to your husband. He will guide you in how to be the best for your husband. Together then, both of you can grow together in the Lord.
Next week I will look at the controversial topic of divorce and what the bible says about it.
Please feel free to share this with any one you know who may be able to use this. Thank you for reading and see you next week.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11
Following commands can sometimes be very difficult and complex. There are times when the directions are extremely complex. There are a thousand different steps, each depending upon the ones before. If any one of the steps is missed at all, it throws the entire process of completely.
For many people, computer programming is a complex process that is out of reach for them. There are a thousand commands to be written down, in order for the program to work. If any one of the commands has a misspelling or wrong mark in it, the program will not work properly. Knowing each of the commands to right is difficult. It takes a lot of work and training to be able to do it.
Moses had been telling the Israelites all of the commands of God. As he is finishing up, he tells the people who what he is telling them is not too difficult or out of reach. It is something that they can do.
There have been people who have looked at Christianity and said it was too difficult to do. They see many of the rules of do’s and don’ts that they are scared off. They feel it is impossible to do.
However, the commands of God are not that difficult. All of the commands of God come down to two very basic and simple commands–love God and love everyone else. Even those two get more basic–love. When everyone is loving, they will not do anything to harm anyone else, including God.
Once a believer can get this simple concept down, of loving God and loving others, all the rest of the commands of God become easy. Following these commands does not get one into heaven, but it makes the trip easier to make. Only by the blood of Jesus is a person saved, but with being saved, one can love.
If you are overwhelmed by all the commands of God, take a look at what they all come down to. Focus your life back onto the basics of loving God and loving others. Love as Jesus loved you. He gave up His life so that you may live. Be willing to give up yourself so that God can be glorified and others may be lived.
Loving God is not that difficult. You can do it with Jesus!
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart; that God will strengthen you to love others as He has loved you; and that you will obey God with your whole life.