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Abhor What Is Evil

Abhor What Is Evil
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 2

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man. Mark 7:21-23 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.  Today we will be looking at the second of our "Personal duties" as Christian men and women. And that second duty is to:

2.    Abhor what is evil. (Rom 12:9b)

If "Love" were on one side of a coin, then we could flip it over and "Hatred of Evil" would be on the other side - they go hand in hand.  Evil is the direct opposite of "Holiness." Therefore, it is the direct opposite of Godliness.

The Bible tells us "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (See Proverbs 9:10).  That, "Fear" is actually a "Respect" or "Reverence" for God.  The Bible also tells us "Fear of the Lord is to hate 'Evil'" (See Proverbs 8:13).

So as Children of God, we should hate evil simply because God hates evil, and because we have a fear or respect for Him and His Word. 

We need to understand that "Evil" is the enemy of God, and since God is Love, it is also the enemy of "Love."  And therefore, evil is of the enemy.  God does not want us to play around or dabble in this area either as some do for the thrill or rush that it can bring - we are to "Abhor" or "Hate" everything evil.  And we should do this passionately - not passively. 

You who love the LORD, hate evil! Psalms 97:10 (NKJV)

The enemy knows that if he can get us to compromise by going along with the things of this world, we will slowing become numb and indifferent to these things - eventually losing our ability to be shocked.  We see this all around us as we continually are being bombarded by images of lust, temptation, and vile things that once shocked the most liberal of men - but not any longer.  It is imperative that we guard ourselves against evil, because through our compromise, a bridge is built that leads directly to it. 

Even when we are witnessing to those who are unsaved, we risk great exposure to the evil of the enemy.  We need to pray to God that we will see things as He does, and to be on guard against the subtle attacks of the enemy while we bear witness of Christ.  The Apostle Paul gave us a great warning with example when he wrote to Timothy about a fellow believing brother in Christ who had turned back to the lust of this world.

Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica 2Timothy 4:9-10 (NKJV)

We are not to fear this evil, but be aware of it and take precautions when dealing with it - much like a doctor who is there to help the patient, but takes great precaution not to become contaminated with the very disease he is fighting to eradicate. 

We are not to be looking to this world to fulfill our desires and feed our flesh.

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4 (NKJV)

Instead, we are to be pursuing the things of God.  Simply put, we are to love we He loves, and we are to hate what He hates.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 1Timothy 6:11 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to think about what you are viewing through the cameras of your eyes, and then ask yourself if you would blush if Jesus were watching the film that you are making.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the verses contained within this devotional with regard to "Evil?"

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to start to look at things through the camera lenses of God's Word?

APPLICATION: Don't be afraid to be labeled a prude when you see something that is provocative and turn your head.

Father, I am sorry for the times I have looked at the evil things and have not given it the credit for the damage it is doing.  Help me to see things differently today Lord - when it comes to the evil things, help me to see them in the way that I need to.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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