Avoiding Evil; Fastened to Good

"The Lord's mercies are new every morning" Lam. 3 : 22, 23

A mechanic said to the owner of a car, “Your car is beginning to self-destruct.”

E. Stanley Jones added, “When you take sin into your life, you begin to self-destruct.

When a person begins a life of sin, we say of him that he is going to pieces.

That is literally true. Harmartia, the Greek word for iniquity, is literally, ‘missing the mark.’ So, sin is unnatural, a missing the mark, an attempt to live against life.”

Paul admonished in Romans 12:9, “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

“Abhor” means “to dislike, have a horror of,” and to have “a concealed and cherished hatred for.”

“Evil” speaks of “evil in opposition to the good.” The word “pernicious” could well translate it. Thus, we are told to express our hatred of evil by withdrawing from it and loathing it.

“Cling” means, “to glue to, cement, to join, and fasten firmly together.” Archibald Symson said, “Sin is filthy to think of, filthy to hear of, filthy to do. In a word, there is nothing in it but vileness.”

Three Important Words

In his psalm of repentance, Psalm 51, David used three important words to describe his actions, in verse 1 and 2: “Transgressions,” “iniquity,” and “sin.”

  1. It was transgressions, pasha, rebellion.
  2. It was iniquity, avon, crooked dealing.
  3. It was sin, chattah, error and wandering.

“Earth’s entertainments are like those of Jael,
Her left hand brings me milk, her right hand a nail.”
(Thomas Fuller) - Judges 4:19-21

“If we cannot be angry at evil, we lack enthusiasm for good.” 

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
www.davidarnoldonline.org