Key Verse: 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. Psalm 97:10
There are some things that most people hate. Take murder, pedophilia and political corruption for example. While we mostly hate these ‘big sins’, I wonder how you feel about things like ‘little white lies’ (especially when they are convenient to you). Furthermore, we find it relatively easy to hate other people’s sins, especially when they are committed against us. We can find the smallest speck in our neighbor’s eye, even while ignoring a plank is in our own eye (see Luke 6:42).
As we turn to God in repentance, we begin to hate the sin in our own lives. We see just how opposite it is to God’s glory and righteousness. The lover of light will naturally hate darkness. The closer we draw to God’s beauty, the uglier our own sin becomes to us. The dictionary defines hate as ‘an extreme dislike or disgust towards something.’ The problem is there are many sins we don’t really hate, we either tolerate them or even enjoy them. The world is full of people who say they love God and certainly want to go to heaven, but they still want to live in sin. They want to party and sin, lie when necessary, cheat if they have to, steal if it suits them, and get revenge when someone crosses them. This thinking stands opposed to Romans 12:9 which says, “ Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
In Oscar Wilde’s book ‘Portrait of Dorian Gray’ Dorian Gray, is a handsome man who loves sin. He lives his life without feeling the effects of sin. His friend, Basil, painted a beautiful portrait of Gray in his youth which bears the burden of Gray’s sin. Gray lives his life as he pleases while remaining flawless and untouched by his choices. He becomes a murderer, a cheat, and a hypocrite. But in the last chapter, Dorian Gray looks at the hideous portrait that was once beautiful and sees how loathsome he has become. He takes a knife stabs the portrait which slays Dorian Gray.
Sin can blind us to its effects, but they are nonetheless very real and always lead to death (see Romans 6:23 & 7:13). The better we understand the results of sin, the more we will hate it in ourselves and the more we love God, the more we will hate our sin.