We believers in Jesus are so blessed! Do we realize all the benefits of being saved, made right with the Lord? My unsaved friend Mike doesn’t. Yet. So I’m counting some of my blessings as I think about what Mike doesn’t have as an unbeliever.
One of the most surprising truths about biblical Christianity is the fact that there is both godly and ungodly jealously, godly and ungodly pride, and godly and ungodly hatred. Really!
Our culture so emphasizes love that it doesn’t realize there is a place for biblical hatred! So, my unsaved friends, it could be said,
14. THEY DON’T POSSESS A GODLY HATRED!
The godly person is one “who despises a vile person , but honors those who fear the Lord.” (Ps. 15:4). We should hate hypocrisy, despise pedophilia, abhor child abuse, absolutely renounce racism, right?
It is quite surprising to see what the Bible has to say about God hating and also how believers are to hate. Here are some representative verses:
We might not like what the Bible says in those verses, but there it is. There are several levels of our hatred as we reject evil in our world — and in ourselves. Believers must define and defend biblical hatred even as they love those for whom Christ died.
So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? I show by my godly life that I am grieved and angered at the effects of evil in our world and seek to do whatever I can to be salt and light in my culture. And I pray for my lost friend that he would experience a proper self-hatred that drives him to the Savior. (to be continued)