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“Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9 CSB)
Any behaviour that destroys the honour and work of God in our life or in the life of another person needs to be “detested”. This is what it means to take sides with God against sin.
We live in an age of compromise and capitulation with evil – but compromise and capitulation is not an option Christ has given his followers. Consider the downfall of Judas. He stole from the money bag and failed to abhor his covert sin of thievery and it ultimately caused his fractured love for Christ to fall apart and collapse.
Satan wants us to turn a blind eye toward sin in our lives. His strategy is to call evil good and good evil. But Isaiah wrote “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 CSB).
Here’s a strategy to avoid his devilish lies. Instead of recalling the pleasure of sin, recall the great cost of the Saviour who died on the cross for you. Don’t have a debate with the devil when tempted to capitulate with evil. We’re not told to debate the devil – we’re told to “submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” (James 4:7 CSB). The longer we debate the devil the more difficult it will be to resist.
Jesus said men love darkness – why? Because they hate the light. So, if we love the Light, we will naturally hate the darkness. We tend to love the opposite of what we hate. Live authentically as a follower of Jesus. Love the Light and let your love “be without hypocrisy”. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” (Romans 12:21 NKJV)
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