Hate Sin and Love Righteous Living

27th and 28th June

Weekend edition

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

Romans 12:9

We are surrounded by evil and sin. It can be so overwhelming sometimes. Even reading the news this morning, there is hardly any good news. In fact it makes you realise what a sinful world we live in. Murder, immorality and anger fill the daily headlines. We constantly are bombarded with bad news…with sad news. When will it change?

It will change when believers realise their responsibility to live like a ‘Romans’ Christian. When the believers in this world love, even when they don’t get love back. When they are kind, even when faced with hostility. When Jesus’ love and grace is so evident in our lives that it becomes contagious. When we stop focusing on ourselves and look to the needs of others, practically and prayerfully. When Christians rise up and do not compromise. When we say no to sin: Not just say no to sin but hate it. Hate the desire to even want to sin.

There is a reason sin is so tempting. Because it is, more often than not, pleasurable. Yet when you look at the root of sin, the only pleasure it gives is pleasure of self. Sin is selfish and only leaves us feeling empty. Let us pray that God would remove the desire to want to satisfy our fleshly cravings and we would be Spiritually minded and not carnally minded.

This world can change. Jesus’ death and resurrection proved that. The Apostles gave their lives so that the message of the cross could reach the nations. We are living proof that that message is still impacting people’s lives today. We need to have the same urgency to spread the love of Christ and the message of the cross to this desperate and needy world.

Yet all we do is in the power of Christ and not of ourselves. Let us pray that God would stir our hearts, so when we see negative news headlines, instead of being discouraged, we would join together and have an even greater desire to see Jesus’ love spread across the nations.

Be Strong In The Lord

26th June

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Ephesian 6:10

Too often in our lives, we think that we can defeat the enemy by our own strength physical strength. The reality is that that is just not true. There is nothing we have on our own that is able to withstand the enemies divisive and shrewd tactics. Moreover, we often try to fight the enemy with our own self control or our own desires to not want to do evil, yet we are not in a physical battle. If we do then we will fail every time. Practical safe guarding and good intentions are wise but in and of itself they are not enough.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not fight against physical forces but against “mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” If so then we need to guard ourselves with the right tools to withstand the enemy: His Name is Jesus Christ. It is only in the power of the resurrected King, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings, the sinless lamb that was slain for the sins of the world that we find victory. Those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Our commission is not be strong in ourselves but in the Lord and in His mighty power. It is only we when realise that true victory in found in Jesus and not in ourselves, that we can, in His power resist the enemy and stand firm in His goodness.

We must also equip ourselves with the armour of God so that we can resist “the enemy in the time of evil.” Notice the verse does not say, put on your own armour, but the armour of God. Let us put on the whole armour of God, stay in the presence of God and abide in the resurrection power of the Lamb of God. It is so great that we are not on our own fighting against the enemy but can rest in victory, in the presence of the Almighty, under the shadow of His wings.