Thursday July 29th, 2010
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.
I admit that I do not always hate evil. I don’t always shun it. In my weak times, I even endure it in my own life and in my own heart. However, Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” I need to ask God to remove evil from me and I need to see it for what it truly is. Evil is harmful. I am to hate what is harmful. Harm doesn’t always come in hurt. Pain can be a good thing when it strengthens you. But harmful is always harmful. Pride and arrogance is harmful and it has crept inside the church. It has crept inside our church. It has crept inside my church. I didn’t even know it was here. Is it in me? Am I prideful and arrogant? I know that there are times when I am. And in those times, I pray. But I wonder if there are times that I am and don’t know it. I don’t pray for God to take away my pride because I don’t know I have it. And how do I confront it in others? Do I outright call them out? Can I do it gently? My heart is to restore. I don’t want them to leave. I just want them to realize they have this pride and arrogance and repent.
Lord, remove from me any pride and arrogance that I have right now. Please let me be humble and lowly, like you were when they hung you on the cross. I can understand being despised by men, but let me live in a way that I will never be despised by you. Please keep me from the same sin as the devil. I don’t want to ever think I deserve anything or that I’m too good for anything. I deserve nothing, Lord. But You give me everything. I love you, my Jesus. It’s in Your name that I pray. Amen.