Learning to Hate Evil

Many Christians think we should not hate anything, but that is not true according to scripture. Psalm 97:10 says “Hate evil, you who love the Lord.” In fact, one of the greatest problems modern Christians have is that they do NOT hate evil. They tolerate evil, toy with it, even secretly love it. But how can we learn to really hate evil?

Psalm 119:104 says: “From Your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every evil way.” This verse says that it is from His word that we get the understanding which causes us to hate evil ways. His word exposes evil for what it is, as we see our evil attitudes and actions from God’s perspective. Unfortunately, more Christians in America have their perspectives shaped by the media and popular culture than they do the Bible, because they spend much more time with those things. When we give more attention to God’s word than we do these other voices, then we may be able to say with the Psalmist: “From Your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every evil way.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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5 Responses to Learning to Hate Evil

  1. Marie-Anne Webster says:

    Amen! Thank you so much for this message! It is so needed! We forget how much our sin cost Him!

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