Love genuinely, Abhor what is evil

How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real is irresistible. If even 10 percent of the world’s population had it, would not the whole world be converted and happy before the year’s end? – C.S. Lewis

            As we consider how the Gospel impacts a mature believer the first two aspects the Apostle Paul brings forward are love and hatred of Evil. Sadly many people think these two aspects are separate from another. You can indeed handle each separately, but I’m of the notion that Paul meant for them to be connected.
            The love of Christ demands that we duplicate that love toward others. When we consider Rom.12:9 the Greek grammar leads us to understand that Genuine love is hating evil and clinging to what is good. The Love of the gospel community, isn’t necessarily only loving one another, it loves holiness. The Greek word for love in this verse is “Agape” which is selfless love primarily concerned with others.
            As we consider Agape love towards holiness we see that we should be concerned out of love for our brethren and their Spiritual lives. Throughout the New Testament we have passages that say our Christ likeness is shown by love. (Matt. 22:37-39; Rev. 2:4; 1 Jn. 3:14; Jn. 13:35) Why don’t we have the same command like Leviticus that our works will show our allegiance to the Christ? The reason is simple, the Jews were doing, yet not loving one another. The Love of the Christ through the New Testament believers separated them from the normal Jew, and should separate us from the normal Christian. Sadly many Christians say they love one another, but don’t love pursuing Holiness.
              We Love our God who is Holy, and he commands us to be Holy (Lev. 19:2). Out of this love for Him we love holiness. Out of a love for Holiness we love one another. If we love holiness and are striving to be holy then we should not put up artificial fronts (be a hypocrite). Love of a Gospel community does not dwell on the flaws of others; it helps others strive to be holy (Prov. 27:17, Heb. 10:23-25). Holy love does not crave the praise of men, rather it honors the Lord who imputes righteousness upon our filth (consider every Epistle’s opening). Love forgets itself and looks to Christ and overflows with joy in Him to meet the needs of others (Leviticus 19).

            So, does love and hatred of evil go together? They better, otherwise we’re playing the role of a hypocrite. If you can’t stand your brother, love the Christ who is working in and through them to sanctify the whole congregation. If we are faithful to pursue Holiness, then we will see our churches grow, because it will be contagious. 

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