Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! Today I will be sharing with you on what I title, “Hating What God Hates”. Our God wants us to know Him intimately and follow the path He has set before us. That path is “The Way of Righteousness.” God wants us pure and untainted before His sight. He hates Sin. God abhors a life of iniquity. If you ask an average Nigerian what he or she thinks is the major problem facing Africa or Nigeria in particular, you will probably hear “Corruption” and “Bad Leadership”. Well, those responses are true but are only half truth. Really, they are simply symptoms emanating from the core problem plaguing Africa. The root cause of our problems is Sin and Wickedness – a life of partnership with the Devil – the Chief Sinner. Today, you can see such partnership and allegiance with Satan displaying itself around the world, where a lifestyle of evil, especially on the things that God hates, has become a norm in many nations of the world.
The question is: What is Sin? “Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, probably the most beautiful and powerful of the Angels. Lately, God has been dealing with me in so many areas of life as I walk daily with Him. Why? He wants me to be perfect before Him so He can reach out to me unhindered. Sin hinders God from reaching us. Our God is so Holy to behold iniquity. “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:1-2). When we come to a place where we no longer get convicted of our sins by the Holy Spirit, then God leaves us to ourselves.
When we become too big to repent of our sins before God, then our sins become too big to hinder God from us. “Hating What God Hates” means “Loving What God Loves”. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” To keep God’s commandments is to love righteousness and hate iniquity. In Hebrews 1:9, the Bible declares, “You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.” While in Potiphar’s house, Joseph was presented with a tough choice between righteousness and iniquity. He chose righteousness over iniquity. Because Joseph was a good-looking young man, Potiphar’s wife casted her eyes on him, demanding him to sleep with her. But Joseph replied her, “There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he (Potiphar) kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen.39:9).
Listen, it is paying heed to God’s word that makes you a vessel of honour, not a vessel of shame. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Yes, as a believer in Christ, it is the word of God that gives you victory and dominion over sin on daily basis. The Psalmist also said, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9). The word of God is the key. As you fellowship with the Lord by meditating on His word, you become one with Him. Remember, “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Like Daniel, you are bound to be lifted high above your contemporaries when you hate what God hates and Love what God Loves. Have a fulfilled week as you focus and pursue what pleases God. With so much love, Elvis!