Sunday, February 18, 2007

HATING AND LOVING IN THE CHRISTAN LIFE, Heb. 1:9

"I delight to do your will, O my God. Your Law is in my heart." - Ps. 40:8
Why do we fail to do what is right when we believe in Christ and when we know what is morally right and wrong? Sometimes we don't know right and wrong. But sometimes we do, and still we do wrong. Some men do what they know is wrong and fail to do what they know is right. To explain the difference between knowing and doing, it may be that the attitude is not right.

Looking at Jesus, we see that He did not only know right and wrong, but He loved the one and hated the other. In Hebrews 1:9, the Scripture says of Jesus,
"you have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions."
How Jesus felt about right and wrong went to the core of His being. We know Jesus was sinless, but now we know how He felt about right and wrong. God was very pleased with having such a wise and discerning Son who not only knew, but also loved good and hated evil. His life in every way, in deed, thought, and attitude was perfect. He was perfect in so many ways so that He knew when to convict of sin and when to have compassion. He Knew when to be tough and when to be meek. Because He loved righteousness and hated what was wrong, he was guided to live righteously.

What do you love and what do you hate? As followers of Christ, though we are prone to make mistakes, we strive to know the difference between right and wrong. But do we live it? We first need to know the truth, which is not hard. In the Hebrew epistle when the inspired author gives a rebuke to the Christians for their failure to grow and mature, he says the following:
"but solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil
." (Heb.5:14) Did you catch that? By reading and meditating on the Word of God, we grow in our judgment and come to better understand the wisdom of God on matters of righteousness. Once we know the truth, all that is left is the determination to love it. By loving God and His Son, we come to love the things of God, AND we come to hate sin. Jesus loved what was right and He hated what was evil. It is part of what makes Him our perfect example. It is from Jesus that Christians develop a godly attitude toward right and wrong.

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