Listen To Most Current
Grace Notes Archive
June 2021 (3)
May 2021 (5)
April 2021 (4)
March 2021 (5)
February 2021 (4)
January 2021 (5)
December 2020 (4)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
July 2020 (21)
June 2020 (29)
May 2020 (28)
April 2020 (31)
March 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
January 2020 (5)
December 2019 (5)
November 2019 (3)
October 2019 (5)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
May 2019 (4)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (4)
February 2019 (6)
January 2019 (4)
December 2018 (4)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
September 2018 (4)
August 2018 (4)
July 2018 (3)
June 2018 (4)
May 2018 (4)
April 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
February 2018 (5)
January 2018 (4)
December 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
October 2017 (4)
September 2017 (5)
August 2017 (4)
July 2017 (4)
June 2017 (5)
May 2017 (4)
April 2017 (5)
March 2017 (3)
February 2017 (4)
January 2017 (3)
December 2016 (5)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (3)
July 2016 (4)
June 2016 (5)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (5)
March 2016 (4)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (5)
December 2015 (4)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (3)
September 2015 (4)
August 2015 (5)
July 2015 (5)
June 2015 (4)
May 2015 (5)
April 2015 (2)
March 2015 (4)
February 2015 (4)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (4)
November 2014 (5)
October 2014 (4)
September 2014 (4)
August 2014 (4)
July 2014 (5)
June 2014 (4)
May 2014 (5)
April 2014 (4)
March 2014 (4)
February 2014 (4)
January 2014 (5)
December 2013 (4)
November 2013 (5)
October 2013 (4)
September 2013 (4)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (4)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (5)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (4)
February 2013 (5)
January 2013 (4)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (5)
October 2012 (4)
September 2012 (4)
August 2012 (5)
July 2012 (4)
June 2012 (4)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (4)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (4)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (5)
November 2011 (4)
October 2011 (4)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (4)
July 2011 (4)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (4)
April 2011 (5)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (4)
January 2011 (5)
December 2010 (4)
November 2010 (4)
October 2010 (4)
September 2010 (5)
August 2010 (4)
July 2010 (6)
June 2010 (4)
May 2010 (4)
April 2010 (4)
March 2010 (5)
February 2010 (4)
January 2010 (5)
December 2009 (5)
November 2009 (3)
October 2009 (6)
September 2009 (3)
August 2009 (5)
July 2009 (4)
June 2009 (4)
May 2009 (5)
April 2009 (4)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (4)
January 2009 (5)
December 2008 (4)
November 2008 (5)
October 2008 (4)
September 2008 (5)
August 2008 (4)
July 2008 (3)
June 2008 (4)
May 2008 (5)
April 2008 (4)
March 2008 (5)
February 2008 (1)
Grace Notes

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

SUCH A SIMPLE TRUTH
by Philip Owen

        In one sense the Word of God may be said to be filled with truths so profound that the most sanctified heart and dedicated mind cannot fully plumb their depths.  Many long-time believers will confess that we have gone to a familiar passage, one we have known and studied perhaps for decades, only to discover a greater depth or a new facet of truth previously hidden.  This sort of fresh discovery (not new truth per se, but a new or clearer understanding) will repeat itself so long as we continue examining the Word.  In another sense some truths are profound in their simplicity.  And while it is true that continued study and meditation may reveal hidden depths in a seemingly simple statement, it is also often true that the basic kernel of truth can be immediately and thoroughly grasped by the youngest of believers.  The fundamental truths needed to survive and develop are frequently easily apprehensible.  Just as a young child can grasp the basic  truths he needs to thrive naturally—“Eat your vegetables.”  “Don’t play in the street.” etc.—so even a young believer can grasp the essentials for spiritual victory.  Today’s text offers a prime example:  “Hate the evil, and love the good” (Amos 5:15).  Few truths are simpler—or more valuable.

“Hate the evil.”  Guess what hate means?  It means “hate.”  A very young child understands the concept of hate and often uses the word enthusiastically and correctly, albeit carnally.  It speaks of an intense disliking, a loathing, a revulsion toward some thing or some one.  Such is the distaste that the child does not want to be around the person, participate in or even view the activity, taste the food, or talk about the subject that he hates.  Amos tells us that, on a spiritual level, we are to have that response—hatred—toward evil.  Guess what evil means?  “Evil.”  “Bad.”  In other words, anything that is unscriptural, immoral, illegal, or unethical.  Again, this is not a difficult concept to grasp.  Our opinions about what is bad may vary depending on our state of maturity, but we all understand the principle. 

The Word, then, is very clear.  We must identify what is bad in the light of God’s Word; then we must hate it.  God is calling on believers to exercise a particular response to evil.  It is not enough to avoid it (that may keep us out of trouble temporarily).  It is not enough to denounce it (that may keep others out of trouble temporarily).  The only holy, gracious, and safe response to evil is to hate it.  We are to develop such an appreciation of the consequences of sin, such a love for the Lord, such a thankfulness for His saving grace, such a desire to please and honor Him, and such a wish for His fellowship that evil becomes truly repugnant to us.

“Love the good.”  Guess what love means?  “To have affection for.”  Guess what good means?  That’s right:  “good.”  Just as a child easily grasps the former idea, so he can comprehend this one.  And there is little question about what a child loves.  If it is an object, he asks for it; he talks about it.  If it is a person, he wants to be with him; he hugs her.  We are to devote our time and attention, we are to expend our energy, we are to give our lives to the pursuit of what the Bible defines as good.  We are to pursue and practice all that God calls good.

The concept is simple.  “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live,” Amos admonishes in the preceding verse.  We don’t fail because the concept is difficult to understand.  If we fail it is because we love and hate the wrong things and our wills are not fully yielded to the Lord.  How easy this concept is to grasp, how difficult many of us find it to practice.   How our lives would be transformed if we would follow this one simple instruction.

Actions: E-mail | Permalink

Previous Page | Next Page