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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

Number
 
Title
 
Scripture
         
81
 

“…and you will loathe yourselves…”

 
 
 
   

The most obvious symptom of mankind’s chief problem is a perverse love of self. There is a proper self-love which directs us to obey God’s commandments not only because such obedience honors Him, but also because it benefits ourselves -- our reputation, our peace of mind, our health or longevity, and even our prosperity. But there is also a depraved self-love which produces sinful attitudes, motives, speech, and behavior and fails to keep the commandment to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. When alienated from God, we are obsessed with ourselves. Sadly, rather than mourning over our pride, selfishness, malice, and greed, we naturally resent being reproved for them, justify ourselves in them, and think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. We are naturally unwilling to consider ourselves evil even when we commit the most outrageous sins. We come to call evil good because if we called evil evil, we would be calling ourselves evil, and our sinful self-love cannot tolerate that. But when God begins to work in the hearts of His people and brings them to repentance, He humbles them for their sins. Then perverse self-love is replaced with a holy self-loathing. “Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.” We must come to this before we will ever call on the Lord Jesus for salvation. A Christian acknowledges his guilt, and is humble because he knows that he has much to be humble about. He is amazed at God’s grace and love and forgiveness bestowed upon repentant sinners.

   

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