Saturday, 26 September 2020

To Love Is To Hate

I have been sharing a series of paradoxes in Christ, and this is one of them. In Christ, to love is hate. If you truly love then you will hate. 

"You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." (Heb 1:9).

Yes, if you fall in love with righteousness you will hate sin. This is the way to living a victorious Christian life. Fall in love with the reality in Christ. Righteousness is a reality in Christ, so fall in love with it. Yes, fall in love with the sweet feeling of purity, the tranquility of a clean conscience, the sweetness of have a right standing with God and enjoying an unbroken fellowship. Cherish that unbroken fellowship, let it become your greatest treasure, find pleasure in it, let it become more pleasurable to you than anything. 

When you love something you will guard it jealously against anything that could snatch it away from you. Sin could interrupt this unbroken fellowship, so you hate it. In fact, it disgusts you. You love and enjoy this righteous walk with God. So guard it jealously, give yourself to that fellowship. You belong to it now, you were sold out to it. Become so attached to it that you find it difficult to give yourself to any other thing. 

Be like a little children, adopt the silliness of a lovesick bride, wrap yourself in the arms of the Lord, for this is where you belong, only him has the right to have you. Anger has no right to have you, your addiction has no right to have you. Envy, malice, jealousy, lust, hate, sin, perversion, carnal craves, things that consumes your time, leaving you with little or no time for God, none of them have the right to have you.

Toss yourself in the arms of the Lord, and just stay glued. Hold him so jealously, for only he deserves to have you—you are sold out to him. Remember, every reality in Christ is Christ himself. Righteousness is a person, he is Christ your Bridegroom. Fall in love with all the reality in Christ and give yourself completely to the Bridegroom, let only him have you.

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