“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride, and arrogance, evil, and perverse speech”. Prov. 8:13
Dear Teens Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today’s world miss out one of the significant aspect of attitude in one’s character, i.e. fearing God. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. In general every thoughts, words, actions, company, worships and doctrines that are evil should be hated. Hence the fear of the LORD means to say that hatred of evil that contradicts God’s will. Also one must hate the attitude of pride and arrogance, evil and perverse speech that which is not pleasing God. “Pride” which appears in men in thinking too highly of themselves, in speaking too well of themselves, in despising others, in setting up and trusting to their own righteousness for salvation, and in crying up the purity and power of human nature; this is very contrary to the spirit of the meek and lowly Jesus, and must be hateful to him. “Arrogance’ though sounds as same yet differs slightly. Overall these attitudes in men puffs up their justification and salvation to their own works. It despises the wonderful work of Christ for us on the cross. Jesus Christ suffered and took pain to bring everlasting righteousness to humankind. Therefore Christ’s works ultimately bring Salvation to the entire world. Whereas the attitude of arrogance ascribe all good works to themselves. They praise about their own power and money. Finally, evil and perverse speech should be shunned. ‘Evil’ that tends one to sin against God must be checked out. ‘Perverse speech’ that which speaks against truth, against God’s word and his people must be stopped.
In order to get rid of from these behaviours. One needs to develop within self ‘fearing God.’ There is no alternate for this attitude. May God Bless!
With Love & Blessings
Edwin & Jeba
Teens Co- Ordinators