To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. -Proverbs 8:13
Hate Evil and Honor God
The fear of the Lord is the greatest duty and goal of life, it is necessary to have a proper relationship with Him. Fearing God gives Him grave respect. Fear of the Lord means we have reverential desire to please Him. He wants His people to be people of character - people of humility, moral behavior, and helpful speech. Since we fear God, we hate sin, we continue to develop good character that will reflect His attitude. We hate the things He hates like pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and vile speech. Do not claim to fear the Lord, if you hold on to even a single sin. True believers will hate evil because they know if they partake in evil things, they will be subjected to the chastising hand of God.
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We are called to hate evil, we are called to fear Him. We live to please God and be wise. Sin is foolish and righteousness is wise. The great men and women in the earth are those who fear the Lord. We cannot love God rightly until we fear Him, for loving Him is His commandment. Our respect for God's majesty causes us to honor Him. Let us follow His holy and perfect example. When we live righteously, we are on the path to wisdom, and everyone in our lives benefits. Let us all do better in behaving and thinking in a way that honors Him and reflects His heart and actions.
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. -2 Corinthians 11:30
God's Strength Made Perfect in Weakness
Humanly speaking, we are weak, foolish, lowly and despised. All the glory goes to God and God alone, we don't have any reason to boast our wealth, intelligence or attitudes. God has the ability to glorify Himself even in our weakness. But there is one reason for boasting - boasting about the Lord and His great attributes, what He has done for us, what He is still doing and of what He has promised to do. It has nothing to do with worldly possessions or with altering reality. God's strength is made perfect in weakness. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things so that no one may boast before him. He chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong because it is because of him that we are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God- that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Before we can come before God in confidence, we must first know the source of the love that is in us. Jesus is the source of our worthiness. It is because of Him that we sinners saved, it is because of Him we foolish, lowly and despised people can stand before God again. Isn't it right that we give glory to the one who provided us of our redemption even if we are sinful, weak and foolish? All glory to the Lord! Because of Jesus' costly sacrifice, we have full rights to every spiritual blessing, along with healing, forgiveness, a guilt-free conscience and unrestricted access to the throne of grace. God takes our weakness and uses it powerfully when we offer ourselves to him. It is something to boast about. Thanks be to God. All glory to Him.
Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him. -John 8:30
Have Faith in His Words
Christ's word is everything that He taught, all in the Scripture speaks of Him, His suffering, and the glory to follow. To continue in Christ's word we must first recognize from God's Word that we are sinners and that Christ died to pay the penalty for our sin. This is the starting point for saving faith. We could read from the scripture that Jesus is holy and faithful in his life, we heard it in his teaching, and saw in the miracles he performed that he did only do what pleased God and nothing else. He only glorified God!
Everyone needs to know the truth but not everyone knows the truth. Let's make a commitment to read the scripture and do it as a search for the heart of Jesus and ask God to help us know him better. As we put our trust in him, our faith grows and we seek to know Jesus better and obey his words more faithfully. The truth is Jesus Christ and everyone needs to know the truth!