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Hating Evil

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NKJV)

As followers of Jesus we are told to abhor, or hate what is evil, and to cling to what is good.  Most people will find it easier to do one or the other, but it’s not enough to simply cling to the good things and disregard the evil going on around us—we are actually called to do both. The Bible tells us, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” (Prov. 8:13). The word fear used here in this verse actually refers to a respect or reverence for God.  And the Bible tells us “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10).

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.   I believe it is important for us to understand that evil is from Satan, and it is the enemy of God.   And since God is love, it is also the enemy of love.  Some people play around with evil, much like a sport.  Some do it for the thrill, or rush it can bring, while others simply dabble because they are seduced by it.  We need to understand that when we play around with evil, we are entertaining Satan, and this is dangerous. 

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 slowly become comfortably numb and indifferent to these things—eventually losing our ability to be shocked.  We see this all around us, as we are being continually bombarded by images of lust, temptation, and vile things once found to be taboo—but not any longer.  It is imperative we guard ourselves against what we know to be evil, lest we find ourselves building a bridge of compromise—one leading us to a playground of sin and death.

Q:         But aren’t we supposed to be a light to a dark world?  Shouldn’t we be around those who are living in sin, and who do not know Jesus?

Yes, we have been called to be a light to the world (Matt. 5:14-16), but 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, asking Him to allow us to see things as He does, and to be on guard against the subtle attacks of the enemy while we bear witness of Christ, lest we find ourselves enamored with this world, and turn from the faith (cf. 2 Tim. 4:9-10).

I want to be clear here; we are not to fear this evil, but we do need to be aware of it, and therefore we should 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. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

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

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you hate what is evil, or do you find yourself taking a second look?

APPLICATION: Let’s not allow peer pressure to influence where we go, or what we do.  Let’s seek to guard our eyes and ears from those things we know to be wrong. 

Father, we are sorry for the times we have looked at the evil things and have not given it the credit for the damage it is doing.  Help us to see things differently today Lord, and when it comes to the evil things, help us to see them in the way we need to.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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