Proverbs 8:13 states, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil.” Psalm 119:128 states, “Therefore I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right, and I hate every false way.” Verse 104 states, “Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Psalm 97:10 states, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil.” Micah 3:1-4 speaks of those “who hate the good, and love the evil.” Please read Proverbs 1:28-33 which describes what happens when a person “hates knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.” Verse 31 says, “they eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”
These are just a few of the verses on the subject and it should be obvious that there are benefits to loving The LORD and hating sin, and there are harmful results of not dealing with sinful issues.
WHY SHOULD WE LOVE GOD AND HATE SIN?
- Because sin’s pleasures are always short. Hebrews 11:25 shows us that the pleasures of sin are just for a season. Psalm 55:23 shows us that sin can shorten the life of the sinner.
- Because sin’s wounds are always too deep. Jer. 30:1-15 ; Prov. 6:32-33; 7:4 Sin’s wounds are not healed quickly and sometimes they go with us for a lifetime.
- Because sin’s price is always too high. It can cost a person their physical life; it can cost a husband or wife; it can cost health, wealth, fortune and future. It can cost a lifetime testimony. Cain, Achan, Esau and David are examples of the above.
- Because Sin’s prince is always pleased. Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31 that “Satan hath desired to have you…” Read Job 1:6-12; 2:1-10 and notice that Satan wanted Job to sin and lose things he could never get back. Rev. 12:10 tells us that Satan is “the accuser of the brethren…which accused them before God day and night.”
- Finally, We should Love God and Hate Sin because God is grieved over our lack of love for Him and our lack of hatred for sin. It affects our fellowship with God, our service for God, our power with God, our testimony with others.
Why shouldn’t we hate that which destroys lives, families, homes, minds, character, friendships, relationships, potential, peace and above all, our fellowship with God?
A compass can point north or south, but it can never point to both, and as long as we are loving God, we by default hate evil. 1 John 2:15-17
My dear reader, if you love sin and have no compunction about living in sin, you are not a child of God. If you and I Love the Lord, we will hate sin and resist sin and God will be glorified. 1 John 3:1-10