Friends, greetings to you! 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 symptoms plaguing Africa. The root cause of our problems is Sin and Wickedness – a life of partnership with the Devil – the Chief Sinner. You can see such partnership and allegiance displaying itself by nations around the world. 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. An ungodly lifestyle hinders God from reaching us. Just little things such as offence, anger, bitterness, hatred, strife and contentions can easily block your blessings and cut you off from God. 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. Remember, righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Therefore, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thes. 5:22); “Flee from youthful lusts, but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22). Like Joseph, you are bound to be lifted high above your contemporaries when you hate what God hates and Love what God Loves. Have a fulfilled and fantastic week as you pursue and focus on what pleases the Lord. With so much love, Elvis!