Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Abhor evil. Adhere to goodness

Songs in the Night

 


Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
—Romans 12:9



As Holiness and sin are opposites, so our feeling toward these must be represented by the sentiments of love and hatred.

To grow cool in love for righteousness is to lose some of the abhorrence for sin.

Let us, therefore, cultivate in ourselves hatred for sin, selfishness, impurity, and every evil way,

that we may find it the easier to cultivate in our hearts the beautiful graces of the Spirit.

Only in our minds have the old things passed away and all things become new.

Actually, this change will be accomplished when we become spirit beings.

Meantime, if we shall be counted worthy of a place in the first resurrection,

it is required of us that we shall demonstrate our willingness of mind,

our earnest desire, to be all that the Lord would have us be.

In no way can this be better demonstrated to the Lord or prove more helpful to ourselves

than in keeping a strict surveillance of our hearts and of our thoughts.

—Z. 1911-382 (Hymn 312)

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling > Neem afstand van het kwade