Be The Difference — Lesson 7: Hate Your Sin (excerpt)

Maybe you have never given much, or any, thought to what it means to hate your sin or why. Let me give you five reasons why you must hate your sin.

First, the simple answer is because God hates sin. We must learn to hate what God hates and love what God loves. God hates sin because it is the very opposite of His nature. The psalmist describes God’s hatred of sin this way:

“For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You.”

The Bible describes sin as putrefying sores, defiling filth, darkness and a scarlet stain.

Also, some sins that are often winked at separate us from God just as much as the so-called “biggies.”

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

Sin always separates. God hates sin because He hates being separated from us.

Second, sin tempts us to focus on worldly pleasure instead of God’s blessings. The psalmist says that those who have their sins forgiven can say,

“You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

To embrace sin is to reject God’s love and the joy and eternal pleasures He has for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 says,

God has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Do we need any more reasons to hate sin?

Third, sin enslaves us and will eventually destroy us. Just as Samson’s sin led to his physical blindness and captivity, our sin will lead to spiritual blindness and captivity.

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness.”

God is the source of life, and sin is a barrier to our reception of the life He desires for us.

Fourth, our God is a jealous God and sin competes directly with Him for our love. As we give into sin, it diminishes our love for Him. The Bible says,

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

James warns us of the danger of embracing the world:

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Fifth, Satan is our great enemy. Satan prowls about like a roaring lion: devouring, scheming and ensnaring saints into sin. Why does he do this? He wishes to prevent people from seeing and experiencing God’s glory at every turn. Satan can’t have glory for himself, so he attempts to rob God of His glory.

Dr. Clay Jones, professor of apologetics at Biola University, said, “If you don’t like a world that is filled with sin, sickness, suffering and death, then you need to learn to hate sin.” So, to everyone reading this I say, “HATE SIN!”

Questions for 21st century difference makers:

  • When was the last time you seriously thought about your personal holiness?
  • Is there anything in your life that you love more than you hate sin? Confess that to the Lord. Renounce it. Repent of it. Rid your life of it.

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