WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO HATE?

Daily Spirit & Word: 611: WHEN IS IT RIGHT TO HATE?

Good morning my friends, we hear a lot about what Christians are to LOVE and How we are expected to LOVE: But we don’t hear very many messages today about what Christians are meant to HATE.

Psalm 97:10 “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.”

What are we to HATE?

Hate Evil: Most of us would say, “Of course, it makes sense to hate evil”, but what exactly is EVIL?

Secular Dictionary: Evil is; NOUN.

1) Morally objectionable behaviour.

2) That which causes harm, destruction or misfortune: {evil wind, evil war, evil thief}

3) The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice.

Adjective: 

1) Morally bad or wrong.

2) Having the nature of vice.

3) Having or exerting a malignant influence.

Biblical Definition of EVIL:

The Bible Declares that EVIL is what is morally wrong, sinful and wicked.

It’s EVIL: to, murder, lie, steal and commit adultery (lust) against our fellow man, to disobey / disrespect our parents, coveting the things in the world that belong to others.

It’s EVIL: to worship anything else but God, to take His Holy name and use it as a swear word (Blasphemy), to not worship Him, to worship man made or created things instead of God {Idolatry}.

Even when we’re being EVIL towards others, we’re actually being EVIL towards God: For it is HE ALONE who sets the STANDARD.

Psalm 51:4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.” (David’s confession after committing murder and adultery).

EVIL: is NOT a thing, it’s not something that God Created, it’s what PEOPLE and the DEVIL do in direct disobedience to God.

EVIL: is that part of our human nature that rejects God, God’s ways, God’s standards and decides to go it’s own way.

Romans 12:9 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Every follower of Jesus HATES it when they fall into sin; why? Because we know that we’ve given into that part of our nature that is sinful (evil).

It’s why the Bible Declares certain Human Actions as Evil and the effects of being an ‘evil’ person will keep us out of Heaven:

Galatians 5:16-21 Acts of The Sinful Nature (EVIL).
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

EVIL ACTS THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Godlessness (EVIL) in the Last Days.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6  They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7  always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

It’s important to KNOW the TRUTH: Why? Because it’s the TRUTH that sets us FREE.

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Knowing what EVIL is will enable you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received from the Lord Jesus.

You can LIVE in FREEDOM.

It is FOR FREEDOM that Christ has set you FREE.

Have an awesome Tuesday with Jesus.

Be filled afresh with His Holy Spirit today.

Don.