Words from the Heart for Monday November 2nd, 2020
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
Psalm 139:21-22 (NIV)
The Rebellions of 1837–1838 were two armed uprisings that took place in Lower and Upper Canada. Both rebellions were motivated by frustrations with political reform. A key shared goal was responsible government. The rebellions led directly to Lord Durham‘s Report on the Affairs of British North America and to The British North America Act, 1840 which partially reformed the British provinces into a unitary system. It eventually led to the British North America Act, 1867 which created Canada and its government.
It doesn’t take long online, searching social media or comments to any report or opinion piece on faith issues, to realize that there are many who hate God. Someone recently said that there are two foundational principles for the postmodern atheist – they say there is no God, and they hate Him. They are in total rebellion against the God who created them and loves them. One of the signs of being a follower of Jesus is that we love what He loves, and hate what He hates. Yes, there are things that God hates. Proverbs 6 lists them. They include pride, lies, shedding innocent blood, feet that run into evil, false testimony and one who sows discord. When we love the Lord, we love what He loves. We must also hate what He hates. The Psalmist understood this, and wrote in Psalm 139:21-22: “Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.” We need to see the world through God’s eyes, and as we do, we will love what He loves and hate what He hates. Do you?
These have been words from the heart.