Learning to Hate Evil

Psalm 119:104 says: “From Your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every evil way.”
Psalm 97:10 admonishes us: “Hate evil, you who love the Lord.” One of the salient problems of God’s people in every age is that we do not hate evil; instead we tolerate it, compromise with it, and indulge in it. But how do we learn to hate evil, instead of tolerate, or even secretly love it?

This Psalm tells us that it is God’s word which transforms us: “From Your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every evil way.” This Psalm says that from His word we get the understanding which causes us to hate evil ways. Scripture exposes evil for what it is, as we see our attitudes and actions from God’s perspective.

The truth is, many of us do not hate evil they way this Psalmist did, because we have not gotten the understanding from God’s precepts like he did. This should drive us afresh and anew into the word of God, until we can say like this writer: “From Your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every evil way.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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