Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, October 2, 2016
“The LORD trieth the righteous: But the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Psalm 11:5).
Did you know that our loving Heavenly Father measures all people’s characters by the divine standard of righteousness? The truth is, while the standard is completely unattainable with us, with Him, all things are possible. If we continue to accept the righteous life of Jesus, as our eternal covering by faith, God will continually shower us with His love.
Unfortunately, many love violence. Some study combat and dominance of innocent people. Others seek to control the actions of those they claim to love. Still others find it pleasurable to subjugate the weak. These people, if they continue to resist the Lord’s Spirit to change their wicked ways, draw the hatred and ire of God. This is a remarkable reality. People who love violence and wickedness position themselves as enemies of God.
Repent. Learn to love mercy. Love the power of choice. Put off all violence and wickedness in Jesus’ name. Be at peace with God, and your fellow human beings.