How Much God Hates Sin

The Psalmist said, "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way" (Psalm 119:104).

Today, there is a tendency to play down sin. Here are some examples:

How much God hates sin can be seen in the punishment of sin in the past. In the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15-19): The Flood: In Genesis 6, we see the condition of man's heart, that it was evil continually. Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). Many other examples could be cited, but these are enough to show that God hates sin, and that he punishes it without mercy when men continue in it. We can see how much God hates sin by the future punishment he has promised to the wicked. Please read 2 Peter 2:4-9).

We can see how much God hates sin by looking at what he has done to redeem us from it. He sent his Son to earth to die on a cross to condemn sin and to make us righteous (Rom. 8:3-4). He sent his Son to save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). He made his Son, who knew no sin, to be sin that we might be made righteous (2 Cor. 5:21). He sent his son to bear our sins in his body that we might be dead to sin (1 Peter 2:24).

These passages not only teach now much God hates sin but also how much he loves us. God hates sin so much that he commands that we turn from it. He loves us so much that he sent his Son to die for us (John 3:16).

Let us, "Hate every false way." This is possible only by loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Roy Dunavin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 22 February 1998

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