I’m Loving It – Hating It
Read Psalm Chapter 97
Ps 97:10 Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. 12 Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise His holy name.
The first thing we should think about before going any further, is that the Psalmist did NOT say, “Let those who love the LORD hate evil people.” As children of our heavenly Father, we are called upon to hate evil actions, not to hate those who do evil deeds. SSA men and women are well served when they come to a point where they hate unholy same-sex actions. I believe that we have come to that point. Each of us hates the very thing we are tempted with. We hate those things we have done in the past related to SSA.
However, many of us go too far, and find ourselves hating ourselves. Our conviction from the Holy Spirit is not intended to make us hate or despise ourselves. Self-deprecation is a destructive emotion; one which saddens our Lord. Far too often, we beat ourselves up after we have sinned. We should never, ever, do that.
Verses 11-12 are meant to give us reason to rejoice, simply because we hate evil. As we come to terms with our hating evil, we must also remember that we are the “righteous” ones who are referenced in these two verses. We are not righteous because of our sinlessness; we are righteous because Christ has covered and cleansed us with His righteousness. We are upright in heart because we belong to our Father, and that is proven by the fact that we hate evil. Those who do not belong to Christ do not hate evil; at least they do not hate the evil within themselves. In fact, they don’t even recognize the evil within themselves. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to show a man his personal sinfulness.
Note something in verse 11 – “Light is shed upon the righteous.” We have been given light. We have been privileged to sense the Holy Spirit’s conviction within us, showing us the evil side of same-sex actions.
- We are righteous. Christ has imparted His righteousness to us.
- We know the difference between evil and good.
- We have begun to hate evil, whether within us or around us.
- We should NOT hate ourselves because of our temptations or for our propensity to give in to them occasionally.
- We have every reason to rejoice, despite our own sinfulness. We are forgiven.
Remember: we are not striving for purity in order to bring about our own righteousness. We strive for purity out of love and appreciation for our Father and our Savior.
Ps 103:2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
Prayer: Father, we have hated ourselves. Thank You for showing us that we absolutely should not hate ourselves. Thank You because You do not hate us, even when we fail You.