Scripture Reading: Psalm 97:10
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Reflection: Those who love the Lord are enjoined by the Psalmist to hate evil. Evil is defined as something ‘immoral and wicked’. God has nothing to do with evil but Satan does. The way out therefore to be distinguished as a child of God is to demonstrate hatred for evil. Hatred denotes ‘hostile actions motivated by intense dislike’. Once you hate something, you do not get near it. You condemn it. You resist it. Jesus’ life on earth was a clear demonstration of hatred to evil. The Hebrews writer summarises it beautifully with the words ‘Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (Hebrews 1:9). Clearly how much you hate evil can tell of how much you love the Lord! It can also determine the extent to which God can elevate you in life. Don’t just say you love the Lord. Demonstrate that you hate evil!
Confession: Evil is not part of God and therefore will not be part of me. I hate anything evil. I will live a life that shows I hate evil.