Ye that love the Lord hate evil – Psalm 97:10

15489“Ye that love the Lord hate evil.”
Psalm 97:10

Thou hast good reason to “hate evil,” for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer’s tender invitations. Sin turned thy feet into the way of death, and poured poison into the very fountain of thy being; it tainted thy heart, and made it “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Oh, what a creature thou wast when evil had done its utmost with thee, before divine grace interposed! Thou wast an heir of wrath even as others; thou didst “run with the multitude to do evil.” Such were all of us; but Paul reminds us, “but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” We have good reason, indeed, for hating evil when we look back and trace its deadly workings. Such mischief did evil do us, that our souls would have been lost had not omnipotent love interfered to redeem us. Even now it is an active enemy, ever watching to do us hurt, and to drag us to perdition. Therefore “hate evil,” O Christians, unless you desire trouble. If you would strew your path with thorns, and plant nettles in your death-pillow, then neglect to “hate evil:” but if you would live a happy life, and die a peaceful death, then walk in all the ways of holiness, hating evil, even unto the end. If you truly love your Saviour, and would honour him, then “hate evil.” We know of no cure for the love of evil in a Christian like abundant intercourse with the Lord Jesus. Dwell much with him, and it is impossible for you to be at peace with sin.

“Order my footsteps by thy Word,

And make my heart sincere;

Let sin have no dominion, Lord,

But keep my conscience clear.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Born: June 19, 1834, Kelvedon, United Kingdom
Died: January 31, 1892, Menton, France

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4 Responses to Ye that love the Lord hate evil – Psalm 97:10

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wished more Christians have more of a biblical view of love and hate as Spurgeon taught here.

    • Chris says:

      I am so with you on this, Jim (Is it OK, if I call you Jim?). We can’t seem to understand what evil is in our day either. People lie to me all of the time. When I know they are lying, I must call them on it, Christian or not. I know I’m a sinner saved by grace alone and thus not perfect. But look what our culture is bowing down to these days? It is enough to make me want to memorize this short devotion. Don’t have a great memory though so I’ll know where to find it now. This is one reason I put stuff up, so that I can find something I want when I need it. The search feature is quite handy. Have a blessed day my friend..

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