Life is not beautiful. It’s messy and ugly and broken. It hurts. Lately it seems even messier and uglier. Over the last year or so God has been teaching me how much he hates sin. He has been trying to help me hate sin as much as He does.
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.” Proverbs 8:13
I know that there is beauty in life. We serve a God who loves beauty. He created all things beautiful. Some days it is hard to find the good to love. I cling to the thought that God doesn’t give us instructions that we cannot follow. He isn’t asking us trick questions. He is not the author of confusion.
“Hate evil, love good…” Amos 5:15
My own sin and selfishness have often blinded me from truth. Our pastor references a motivational writer (who I can’t remember or find on the internet) who says that to stop feeling guilty about doing the wrong thing, just keep doing the wrong thing until you don’t feel guilty anymore. We can always find someone who will affirm our choices. We choose to expose ourselves to the people who tell us what we want to hear. Often we know the truth and simply choose to ignore it. Sin is not only ugly but deceitful, crafty and destructive. It destroys relationships with those who love ua and replaces them with those who give us a warm fuzzy.
“In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.” Psalm 36:2
We cannot love Jesus and sin at the same time.
“Oh you who love the Lord, hate evil!” Psalm 97:10
Lord, teach me to hate sin with the same zeal that you do. Create in me a pure heart. Give me the wisdom to walk in beauty and grace and avoid the paths of destruction and desolation.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9