Monday, January 31, 2011

Righteous and Wicked

 4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
 5The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
 6Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
 7For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. 

Righteous and Wicked

In our day, we seem to have a lot of conflict with the terms Righteous and Wicked. As a matter of fact, we are not comfortable with either one; we are more comfortable with that gray area in between. However, is there any gray area in between? No, there is no gray area in between the righteous and wicked in God's sight.

Verse 4 and 5 tells us: The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

That is where our discomfort lies; it is hard to comprehend God hating the wicked. In our day we make great fun of the concept of hell, and many are the cute caricatures attributed to the devil and his demons. God created hell for the devil and his angels, however the devil is not content unless he drags as many humans along with him as he can. 

Satan is rather effective, is he not? How many sermons have you heard in your lifetime on the topic of hell? Do you think that is just a coincidence? How often do you hear the word "hell" used as a swear word? Do we even think of it as a swear word any more? As Christians, if we truly grasped the horror that awaits those who go to hell, we could not run fast enough to tell all of our friends, family, and acquaintances about hell. What if they laugh at us? My question is: What if they don't? What if they actually listen and are saved from an eternity of pain and horror?

Is there no hope? Of course there is hope; our hope lies in the accepting of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only One who can save us from such a horrendous eternity. Christ came to this earth for the sole purpose of shedding His blood in payment for our sins so that we might become righteous in the eyes of God. Unbelievable, is it not, and yet it is true!

There are only two categories of mankind, the righteous and the wicked. Which one are you?

Verse 7 is for those who have come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting His righteousness in place of our own wickedness. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Amazing love, how can it be,
That Thou, my God, dids't die for me?

God Bless You,
Linda

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