"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."
(Romans 12:9 KJV)
"He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:"
(Proverbs 24:24 KJV)
Abhor means to Despise; spurn; regard with horror. Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely. New York, N.Y., 1999.
When the word "abhor" is used it has a strong meaning of rejection and horror that should make you sit up and pay attention to what is being said. We don't use the word much anymore. Is it because the world around us is trying to ignore the constant sinning against Our Awesome God they are doing? Are they rejecting Jesus Christ? Do they really have enough knowledge of Christ to reject Him?
Abhorring evil in your heart is the result of knowing Our Awesome God's saving grace and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in the sinner’s heart. Thus the end result is that the sinner, now a saint, abhors evil. Evil is repugnant to him. The Christian hates it because he realizes how much Jesus Christ paid for him to be free from sin and that he will still sin again, even if he doesn't want to. We know that we hate sin because we love God.
If we ever cease to abhor evil, ours or others, then how are we able to know we are right with Our Awesome God? Proverbs 8:13 in the KJV says "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." Yes, we should know when we sin and backslide. Do our worldly brothers and sisters know enough about Jesus Christ to be able to reject Him? Have we explained to them Our Awesome God and our need to stop sinning by obeying God's laws?
Our Awesome God wants us to love our family, friends and neighbors enough to tell them about Jesus Christ and the rewarding salvation He offers to all who will accept Him. LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill