The Righteous LORD Loveth Righteousness

by David J. Stewart | August 2012

Psalms 11:7, “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”

       What a precious Scripture... THE RIGHTEOUS LORD LOVETH RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!

God is righteous! Some people are trying to say that God places love over principles and morals, but that is not Biblical. God is holy (morally perfect). God's love never supersedes His holiness. Homosexuals are claiming that God created them biologically homosexual, so it must be God's will. Others say that God is love, and that includes lesbian affections as well. My friend, God hates all sin (and that includes homosexuality). The Lord is righteous and loveth righteousness!!!

I find no Scriptures which teach that God doesn't love even the worst sinner. There are two types of love taught in the Bible: agape and phileo. Agape is God's unconditional love for all mankind, which we read about in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And then there is phileo love, which we read about in John 16:27, “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Amen! I hear a lot of people claiming that God doesn't love wicked sinners, but they don't understand the Bible. Of course God doesn't love (Phileo) people when they are committing evil, yet He loves (agape) them with an unconditionally love that sent Christ to the cross for OUR sins. Amen and amen!

I may not like you if you are doing something wrong, but I still choose to love you with God's unconditional love. I am concerned for the salvation of many unsaved people. I am not close friends with them and don't want to be. They openly reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ, choosing to follow false religion, worship idols and make excuses for their sins. I pray for them. I love them with God's agape love, but I do not phileo them (nor am I Biblically expected to). I don't have to be find of wicked people, but I am commanded to love others (that is, my neighbour and all men are my neighbour).

Agape Vs. Phileo

It's easy not to love (phileo) people whom we don't know. Oftentimes people wonder how a Born-again Christian can love an unsaved person who's living in gross immorality. That's because we love (agape) them with God's unconditional love.

"But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you." —John 5:42

Only a born-again Christian can have the Love of God. The Bible states in Romans 5:5, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." An unsaved person cannot understand the Love of God, for how can they comprehend what they do not possess? 

An unsaved person does NOT have the Holy Spirit of God indwelling their body... "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1st Corinthians 3:16). "...Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9). The Love of God is something that only a genuine born-again Christian can posses, understand, and express.

God's Love is unconditional, i.e., it is not dependent upon anything we say or do. Romans 5:8 states, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God, knowing exactly how sinful and undeserving we are, was still willing to send His only begotten Son into the world to die for our sins. This is the Love of God. Jesus Christ paid our sin debt, asking nothing in return. Salvation is a "free gift" (Romans 5:15; 6:23). Thus, the gift of eternal life cannot be meriting, earned or obtained by self-righteousness.

The Lord Is Righteous And Loveth Righteousness

God loves His children who love His righteous Words. You can't despise God's Words and be pleasing to God. You cannot hate the Bible and love God, for His name is THE WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13). God loves righteousness and Psalms 11:7 says His countenance (the look on His face) beholds the upright. God is omniscient and sees all. Don't be hard-necked (stiff-necked) like so many people are today.

God is pleased by faith and faith is depending upon the Lord to help us with everything we do. Proverbs 3:6 says IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM... AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS!!! Amen! Our part is to acknowledge God in all our ways. God's part is to direct our paths. But we must do our part first. If we don't acknowledge God, then He doesn't have to lead us. Jesus told us to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!!! (John 5:39).

We are living in an evil generation, when people live by THEIR OWN RULES. This is the fundamentally philosophy of the Church Of Satan. Aleister Crowley, the most infamous Satanist in the 20th century, summed up Satanism with the motto: DO AS THOU WILL SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW. What law? The Devil's law? Satan's only will for your life is to hinder you from getting saved and doing God's will. Don't forget that. When people saying that they have a right to do their own thing, I hear the Devil in them. I've heard so many celebrities say that they are doing what feels right to them. They ought to care about what God thinks in the King James Bible. I certainly do. God's opinion is my opinion. I'm as narrow-minded as the Words of God in the Bible. Amen and amen!

I don't have a right to my own opinion. My preaching is none of my business. I preach what God lays upon my heart. I preach according to the Word. I have the freedom from God to make my own choices (that's liberty), but the gift of liberty requires obedience to God to keep it. Freedom is a reward for making the right choices. Americans have been making all the wrong decisions for decades, and now this wicked nation is about to vote for same-sex marriage. God's judgment is upon our nation for tolerating and glorifying homosexuality, adultery, nudity and every sin imaginable. People are living by their own perverted book these days, as in the book of judges when everyone did that which was right in their own eyes.

God is righteous and loveth righteousness, and we ought to love righteousness too if we love God. That means to hate evil (Psalms 97:10). You cannot love God without hating sin. You cannot truly appreciate the roses in love without despising the thorns that cause pain. You cannot have a hard heart and please the Lord. We live in a negative society of haters and critics. Gossip is nothing less than tongue murder. God hates gossip (most of which is true). It ruins lives. Being righteous means living according to God's Word.

The Lord's Righteousness

We cannot get to Heaven by our own righteousness, for we have none in God's eyes (Isaiah 64:6; James 2:10; Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ's paid for our sins with His own blood (1st Peter 1:18-19). Jesus DIED, was BURIED and was RESURRECTED three days later. This is THE GOSPEL (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). We are saved by Christ's imputed righteousness. That means that Christ's righteousness is attributed (charged) onto our account in Heaven. Jesus took our sins upon Him, and He places His righteousness upon our record when we are saved. Amen!

Don't try to merit Heaven on your own works, or you will go straight to Hell the second you die. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” My friend, you need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to get to Heaven. Jesus paid it all!!! Simply receive the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for YOUR SINS and you will be saved instantly and eternally.

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