By Pst. Sam Ithiga
“Let those who love the Lord hate evil.” Psalm 97:10
It is always a dangerous thing for a Christian to be cozy around sin. Sometimes we are misled to believe that we are strong enough to handle a little bit of sinful fantasy in our thoughts. Truth is, we must hate sin and we should never toy around with temptation.
I once read an anonymous quote from a devotional bible, that wood can float on top of water for some time without getting too wet. It appears that the water is not affecting the wood. But with time, the wood begins to absorb the water, and eventually it becomes waterlogged and sinks. So it is with the Christian and sin. If you entertain sinful ideas, and are unwilling to make war or separate yourselves from it at the earliest convenience, this false notion that you are strong will put you in trouble. Just like the water finally penetrates the wood, sin allowed to linger finally erodes your spiritual immunity and destroys the saint.
John Stott, the late theologian said, “Deeds of shame are often preceded by fantasies of shame”. I take this to mean that before we fall we first learn to make peace with sin and to accommodate it. May we ask Christ to teach us how to hate what he hates and to love what He loves and guard ourselves from presumptuous sin so that it may not have dominion over us (Psalms 19:13).
Prayer: Dear God, please forgive me for the times I have enjoyed sin and been entertained by it. I know how dangerous sin is and what danger I put myself in by accommodating it. Teach me how to hate sin like you do. Help me to see past its deceitful glamour as I look to the cross of Jesus Christ who had to die in order to set me free from it’s destructive power. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right and steadfast and persevering Spirit within me! May my love for Christ lead me to hate sin. Amen