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The Journey - August 10

  • 2016 Aug 10

The Journey with Ron Moore

Hating the Right Thing | Psalm 97:8-12

Today's Passage: Psalm 97:8-12
Key Verses: Psalm 97:9-11

For you, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 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. Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

Many times our emotions are riled by things that are not really that important. We get angry when we're stuck in traffic. We get ticked off when our car won't start or our garage door opener quits working. We fume when an automated answering message leads us on a wild goose chase. Think about the last thing that revved up your emotions. Was it worth all that emotion?

Believers are called to pour out their passion against one thing—evil. "Let those who love the Lord hate evil." "Evil" describes the sexual sins that lead to prostitution, sex trafficking and rape. "Evil" describes governments starving their people and rampages of ethnic cleansing. "Evil" describes the persecution and killing of Christians around the world.

But don't stop there. We should also hate and avoid the evil that desires to trap and destroy us. Envy, jealousy, hatred, adultery, addictions, pornography, breaking of vows, lying, stealing, and . . . the list goes on. We must hate the evil in our own lives as much as we hate the evil we see in the world.

Father, shine your light on our passions. Show us if our emotions are spent on the right things. Help us recognize evil in our own lives. Help us to hate it. Help us to uproot it. Help us walk in the light of the right path and experience your joy all along the way. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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