From Pastor’s Desk: 12-21-14
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. – Psalm 73:1‑3 (NIV)
Notice the phrase, “when I saw”. It seems that the condition of our heart is directly related to what we gaze upon. We can be filled with wonder, or we can be filled with envy. Does it seem like your feet are slipping in your relationship with the Lord? Examine at what captures your attention. You may find that faith or doubt are a result of the things that you look at the most. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Examine three words in the Greek with me: Dissimulation, Abhor, and Cleave.
Dissimulation: anupokritos (an‑oo‑pok’‑ree‑tos)…undissembled, that is, sincere: ‑ without dissimulation (hypocrisy), unfeigned.
Abhor: apostugeo (ap‑os‑toog‑eh’‑o); to detest utterly.
Cleave: kollao (kol‑lah’‑o); to glue, that is, (passively or reflexively) to stick (figuratively): ‑ cleave, join (self), keep company.
If we adhere to Romans 12:9, “What I saw” of Psalm 73:1‑3 will be of no concern. Our eyes (both physical and spiritual) will never go astray. We will not fret (Psalm 37) because of evildoers. There will so much less struggle living a godly life if we would, in times past as well as presently and in the future, keep our eyes, mind, and heart upon the Lord. To love Him in all sincerity is to love Him above all else. To detest utterly sin and side affects of it is to never succumb to it.
In essence, if we love Him sincerely, and detest sin, we will just naturally desire to stick, like glue, so close to Him that evil people and the sin(s) of the world will have little affect.