Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Ryle: hating sin

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
    —Romans 12:9 (NIV)
    How much we ought to hate sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, dallying with it, excusing it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred. Sin is the great murderer, and thief, and pestilence, and nuisance of this world. Let us make no peace with it. Let us wage a ceaseless warfare against it. It is “the abominable thing which God hateth.” Happy is he who is of one mind with God, and can say, I “abhor that which is evil.”
    ... J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), Expository thoughts on the Gospels, with the text complete, St. Luke, v. I, Ipswitch: William Hunt, 1858, p. 209 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 12:9; Jer. 44:4; Luke 7:11-17; Rom. 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to hate my sin.
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