Monday, June 1, 2009

God Hates Wickedness

Psalm 45:7
Thou hatest wickedness.

"Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed Him in different forms, but ever He met it with, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He hated it in others; none the less fervently because He showed His hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer." He hated wickedness, so much that He bled to wound it to the heart; He died that it might die; He was buried that He might bury it in His tomb; and He rose that He might for ever trample it beneath His feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to wickedness in every shape. Wickedness arrays itself in fair garments, and imitates the language of holiness; but the precepts of Jesus, like His famous scourge of small cords, chase it out of the temple, and will not tolerate it in the Church. So, too, in the heart where Jesus reigns, what war there is between Christ and Belial! And when our Redeemer shall come to be our Judge, those thundering words, "Depart, ye cursed" which are, indeed, but a prolongation of His life-teaching concerning sin, shall manifest His abhorrence of iniquity. As warm as is His love to sinners, so hot is His hatred of sin; as perfect as is His righteousness, so complete shall be the destruction of every form of wickedness. O thou glorious champion of right, and destroyer of wrong, for this cause hath God, even Thy God, anointed thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Cherdecor said...

Did you hear the story about the man who went to church and his wife stayed home? When the man got home, the woman asked him what the preacher preached about. The man said that he preached about sin. The woman asked, "What did he say about it?" The man said, "He was against it!"

I am against sin too.

Smilingsal said...

Thanks, Cathy.

Maxine said...

It is a great weight upon us, until lifted at the cross.

Thanks for posting this needful devotional, Cathy.

Nancy said...

Spurgeon is always a good read. lots of wisdom...

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy ~

Thank you for sharing this devotional!

Blessings to you this week,

Sharon said...

Spurgeon is always a wonderful read! Thanks for posting this!