Abhorring Evil

Abhor what is evil… (Rom 12:9 NKJV)

God’s great commandment was to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind, and then to love others as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:36-40).  The Apostle Paul rightly told the believers in Corinth, he would be nothing without love—merely a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal (1 Cor. 13:1-3). Many people who believe this to be true, but they have a hard time accepting the Scriptures within God’s word teaching believers there is a time to hate (Eccl. 3:8).

Q:         So if God’s Great Commandment is to love, then what are we to hate?

Well, the truth is, God wants us to hate evil (Ps. 97:10; Prov. 8:13; Rom. 12:9).   The reason God wants us to hate evil is because it 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” (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. 

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 choose to do for the shear 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 if he can get us to compromise by going along with the things of this world, we will slowly 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—things once found to be shocking to even liberal people, but not any longer.  It is imperative for us to guard ourselves against evil, because it is through our compromise that we find ourselves building a bridge directly to it.  The best way to guard ourselves is to make it our goal to pursue the things of God—loving what He loves, and hating what He hates.

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

We are not to fear this evil, but be aware of it and take precautions when dealing with it, or confronting those caught up in it (Gal. 6:1), and always remembering and imitating Jesus’ love for the sinner, while hating the sin. 

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

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you committed to looking at things through the camera lense of God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to seek the Lord daily—asking Him to allow us to see things in the way He does. 

LET’S PRAY:  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—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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