Spurgeon: May AM* 05/29/AM
"Thou hatest wickedness."
"Be ye angry, and sin not." There can hardly be goodness in a
man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate
every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation
came! Thrice it assailed Him in different forms, but ever He met
it with, "Get thee behind me, Satan." He hated it in others;
none the less fervently because He showed His hate oftener in
tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could
be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, "Woe unto you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses,
and for a pretence make long prayer." He hated wickedness, so
much that He bled to wound it to the heart; He died that it
might die; He was buried that He might bury it in His tomb; and
He rose that He might for ever trample it beneath His feet.
Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to
wickedness in every shape. Wickedness arrays itself in fair
garments, and imitates the language of holiness; but the
precepts of Jesus, like His famous scourge of small cords, chase
it out of the temple, and will not tolerate it in the Church.
So, too, in the heart where Jesus reigns, what war there is
between Christ and Belial! And when our Redeemer shall come to
be our Judge, those thundering words, "Depart, ye cursed" which
are, indeed, but a prolongation of His life-teaching concerning
sin, shall manifest His abhorrence of iniquity. As warm as is
His love to sinners, so hot is His hatred of sin; as perfect as
is His righteousness, so complete shall be the destruction of
every form of wickedness. O thou glorious champion of right, and
destroyer of wrong, for this cause hath God, even Thy God,
anointed thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.