For Monday April 18, 2022:
I HATE THE SIN YOU LOVE
Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst
of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
God’s wrath is His utter intolerance of whatever degrades and destroys. He hates iniquity as a mother hates the diphtheria or polio that would destroy the life of her child.
God’s wrath is the antisepsis by which moral putrefaction is checked and the health of the creation maintained. When God warns of His impending wrath and exhorts men to repent and avoid it, He puts it in a language they can understand: He tells them to “flee from the wrath to come” (Luke 3:7). He says in effect, “Your life is evil, and because it is evil you are an enemy to the moral health of My creation. I must extirpate whatever would destroy the world I love. Turn from evil before I rise up in wrath against you. I love you, but I hate the sin you love. Separate yourself from your evil ways before I send judgment upon you.”
“O LORD … in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).