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The Unpleasent Side of God

Published on 5/8/2015
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                                 The Unpleasant Side of God

Hebrews 1:9

"Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."

One of the themes liberals usually trumpet about God is that He is a loving God. There is no question that God is a loving God. But, when you study the Scriptures you see that the love of God also causes Him to hate sin. It says in the verse above, "Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity..." The unpleasant side of God that many do not want to talk about is that He also hates sin. Yes, He is a loving God. Yes, He loves righteousness, but His love of righteousness forces Him to hate sin.

Moreover, we love that God is a righteous God. We oftentimes talk how God is willing to accept any person in any condition. This is absolutely true! But, the unpleasant side of God that we don't like to talk about is that He is also a judgmental God. Psalm 97:2 says, "Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne." Notice, God's righteousness forces Him to have to judge people. God must judge whether or not someone is doing wrong. If God is going to be righteous, then He has to be judgmental about someone's actions.

Furthermore, we love the peace that God gives. You will hear how

God is a God of peace, and those who say this are right; however, the unpleasant side of God is that He is also a God of holiness. In other words, you can't have peace without holiness. Holiness is separation. God wants us to have peace, but you cannot have peace without standards that make you holy. There must be a separation from wrong.


There are two truths that we must understand about the unpleasant side of God. First, you cannot have one without the other. You can't have love without hatred; righteousness without judgment; peace without holiness. Each side is important to the other. If you love someone, then you must hate the sin that will hurt them. If you want to live a righteous life, then you must judge people so that you will know with whom you should not associate. If you want peace, then you must live a separated life from those who would live a life that causes turmoil. There must always be another side to one side.

Second, you cannot be close to God without both sides. Hebrews 12:14 says, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" The only way you can see the LORD is to be close to the LORD. God sets having both sides as the parameters for seeing Him. Those who are one-sided Christians are not close to God. They may like to portray they are close, but they cannot be close because God demands the Christian to have both sides for closeness to be achieved.

This moves me to ask you, how close you are to God. Do you find yourself having one side without the other? It doesn't matter which side you fall on in God's parameters, it takes both sides to be close. Don't let the one-sided religious crowd shame you into changing. You will never be close to God without having the unpleasant side in your life. We all like the pleasant side of God, but what makes the

pleasant side pleasant is the unpleasant side of God. You will find that you will be able to help more people if you can acquire the unpleasant side to your pleasant side.

The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools."

People in most workplaces are oftentimes clamoring for a raise. There are some who simply don't say anything about getting a raise, but inside they truly desire that their boss would give them a raise. There are others who always complain about not being paid enough and vocalize their desire to earn more. Getting a raise always seems to be a desire in every workplace.

God shows us that we are guaranteed a raise. The raise we get may not be the one we want, but we are the one who choose what type of raise we are going to get. He says, "The wise shall inherit glory..." This is the type of raise most would want, but sadly there are many who will be promoted with shame because they lived the life of a fool. There are two things that determine what type of raise you will get.

First, the choices you make will determine your raise. Throughout this whole proverb, God makes it clear you have choices to make. You have the choice to trust in the LORD or to put your trust in man. You may not always understand why the LORD is performing certain works in your life, but you must make the choice of who you are going to trust. You can trust the LORD Who has never led anyone wrong, or you can trust yourself or mankind who has led you into many wrong and hurtful decisions. Your choices clearly determine what type of raise you will get.



Second, the conduct by how you choose to live will also determine your raise. You can choose to honour the LORD with all that you have, or you can choose to live for yourself and the world. God says in verse 9, "Honour the LORD with thy substance..." How you choose to live your life will determine what your raise will become.


When God must chasten you for doing wrong, your attitude as you go through the chastening will determine your conduct in life. If you despise the LORD's chastening, then you will end up living the life of a fool. If you take the chastening of the LORD as a lesson to improve how you live, then your conduct in life will bring honour and glory to the LORD.



The choices you make and the conduct by which you live do determine your promotion. The one who chooses to trust themselves and live life the way they want to live will receive the promotion of shame and disgrace. Go ahead and live your life in such a manner that states you know more than God, but you will eventually find out the shame and disgrace that type of life brings.

Moreover, the one who chooses to trust the LORD and honour Him with their life will find their life will bring honour and glory to the LORD. Not only will it bring Him honour and glory, but you will find that God will honour and promote you. Trusting the LORD and serving Him will always bring a life of honour. You may not get this inheritance immediately, but it will come.

Your choices and conduct do have consequences. Determine to make the right choices in life. Always keep in mind that your choices influence your conduct. If you want to live right, then make right choices. Those who make the right choices will live the right way, and they find in the end that God will honour them.

Re-written by Reverend Brian Richards

“By “Word of Faith Ministries International





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