Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.
Evil is no joke to God. (Except He always gets the last laugh.) But clearly, God hates evil, and He wants us to hate it, too.
So what is evil? Satan and his armies. Defying God's Orders. Harming naive people. Nursing bad intentions.
His Word describes evil, so we can learn to recognize it. Consider this list as a starting point:
'These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.'
(Proverbs 6:16-19, NKJV)
But here's the thing too many Christians overlook: We're not called to 'hate' the world and its works, 'For God so loved the world...' (John 3:16, NKJV). Why? The world doesn't know God... nor His Orders.
We ARE called to hate evil in the church and ourselves: to call it out, to root it out, to confess it, so that repentance can have its perfect work: restoring a right relationship with God.
Lessons about fearing no evil?
1) People and disasters may harm our bodies, but not our destinies. Sooner or later, God heals, restores and uplifts. Refuse this fear.
2) Satan can steal, kill and destroy, but we've got the stuff to send his legions packing with the power and armor of God. Refuse this fear.
Special Note: False prophets can mislead congregations. If they can't steal salvation, they can edit Scripture to suit their purposes, stunt spiritual growth and harm the witness of Christ.
So? Refuse to fear smooth-talking pastors and political correctness in the church. Hate this evil.
## Fear: Evil (Part 19)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.