Scripture Reading: Psalms 51:4
A Christian brother once said, part of the reason he is scared of extra-marital affairs is because it is evil and since it is evil, he abhors it in its entirety. It was unfortunate indeed for David had to realize that what he did was evil after the deed had been done. And so, he lamented saying, “I have done what You consider evil.” It is not only David that is in this dilemma; we are also constantly guilty of it. Today the Lord wants us to be conscious of evil and avoid it whenever it comes knocking at our doors. What is then evil? Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary paints a picture of evil in this definition, “A force that opposes God and His work of righteousness in the world.” It is an abominable act. Going by the happenings around the world today, we are getting more and more used to what evil without a qualm of conscience. Going by the demands of our human nature, we can only turn down those evil inclinations that constantly pop up within our heart by constantly reminding ourselves, “This is evil, I will not do it, it’s an abominable act and the Lord will not be happy with me if I do such a thing.” Evil has led to the merciless shedding of human blood, thus value placed on human life is fast being eroded by human heartlessness. Evil abounds as a result of man’s quest to acquire wealth and as such unwholesome practices about making money is making the waves; ritual killings, human sacrifices, exchange of human soul with the devil in order to get rich; sales of human beings, religious deceits and fake miracles in religious parlance. We should be watchful of getting fascinated by evil because automatically and unconsciously the conscience will be suppressed and no longer able to recognize or perceive what is right. Another terrible danger is the creation of a new standard different from God’s standard of what is good or bad. Little wonder then why Simone Weil said, “Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty”. No true Christian is at home with evil because it is not of God. Evil is of the evil one (Satan), hence, the Psalmist tells us that God allows no evil in His presence. (Psa. 5:4b) Evil led to the destruction of the first human race. It led to the permanent wipe-off of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you hate evil and run away from it, you will enjoy God’s love. Psalms 97:10 testifies to this thus, “The Lord loves those who hate evil.” So, like Joseph, we must be able to say at all times, “How then can I do this wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9b, NKJV) A Christian writer concludes this reflection with this admonition: “Give your minds to the practice of true piety and virtue; Always have a desire to do what is good at all times and in all circumstance, whether with people or alone. Remember Proverbs 4:15 always, “Don’t do it! Keep away from evil! Refuse it and go on your way.”
MASS: GREEN Gen. 41:55-57; 42:5-7a. 17-24a; Ps 33:2-3. 10-11. 18-19(R.22); Accl. Mk. 1.15; Matt. 10:1-7
Thank God for reminding you again that great condemnation awaits evil deeds.
Pray God to give you a godly hatred for what is evil. (Pray with all amount of spiritual aggressiveness)
According to Amos 5:15, I will hate what is evil and will love what is good in the name of Jesus.
I rededicate my heart to You O Lord, let any evil seed growing in it wither by the Fire of the Holy Ghost.
Exercise: Repeat the following seven times: “My heart shall only think of what is good and noble.”
Meditation: 1 Thessalonians 5:22