Hating and Holding

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“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” — Romans 12:9

 

 

What do you blink your eyes at? What are you willing to overlook? How tolerant are you?

 

Toleration is a big word in our time; we are all expected to be tolerant of many things. It is considered disgraceful in our society to be called intolerant. But the important point in this matter of toleration is precisely what we tolerate and also what it is that calls forth our intolerance.

 

God is tolerant of great differences in human beings. He who made a multiplicity of tribes, tongues and nations evidently did not expect us all to be alike, nor did He confine His love to just one tribe or nation. But God is intolerant toward moral evil, regardless of who perpetrates it.

 

Somehow, however, we humans have this order reversed. We are intolerant of human differences, but we are tolerant of sin in our society. We dislike people who are different, but we often overlook serious sin in those who are like us.

 

As we grow in the likeness of Christ, we come to love the people He loves and hate the things which He hates. Sometimes it is difficult to love the sinner and hate the sin, but that is the Christ-like way. We can walk in this way if we choose to surrender our way and seek His. As a matter of fact, this is the attitude and way we must assume if we are truly to serve Him.

 

I must ask myself, “What are you hating and what are you holding on to?” With each tick of the clock, the divide between those who are Christ like and those who are not will become more obvious. The lines have been drawn and we must choose. What will you hate and what will you hold on to?

The story is told of a mountain climber who found a rattlesnake frozen in the ice in the Rockies. The snake said to the man, “Please, release me from this ice and take me down the mountain so that I might live!” To this the man responded, “If I take you down this mountain, will you be my friend for life?” “Yes,” said the snake.

 

So the man freed the rattlesnake and took him down the mountain. Once the snake had thawed, he delivered a fatal bite to the man. “Why would you do such a thing,” cried the man. To this the snake replied, “You knew what I was when you brought be down here.”

 

Again I ask you, What will you hate and what will you hold on to?”

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