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Love not Iniquity

To make disciples, we must hate sin.

You who love the LORD, hate evil!  Psalm 97.10

Spiritual Friendship
Aelred of Rievaulx (1109-1167)
“Worldly people falsely assume for themselves the outstanding name of friendship if they base their bond upon an agreement in vices, since he who does not love is not a friend. But he who loves iniquity does not love his fellow man, for ‘he who loves iniquity does not love, but rather hates his own soul.’ And certainly he who does not love his own soul will in no way be capable of loving the soul of another.”

If we cannot be friends of the world and also friends of God (Jms. 4.4), so we may not be friends with sin and true friends to others. If we are friends with sin we do violence to our own souls, thus undermining our ability to love and trust others at the most crucial point. Moreover, if we harbor sin in our hearts, God will not hear our prayers (Ps. 66.18). Cut ourselves off from fellowship with Him (and, hence, the source of friendship’s needed virtues, Is. 59.1, 2), we walk a slippery slope that leads to more peril (Ps. 73.18). Friendship and discipleship cannot flourish where we refuse to hate sin – hate it so much that we daily strive to eradicate it from our own souls, and are ready to help our friends do the same. We cannot love others except in the same way we love ourselves. And if loving ourselves means tolerating sin, then we will tolerate it in our friends as well. And this will be detrimental, rather than helpful, to their souls, and to their growing into the Lord.

How do you encourage your church leaders to practice vigilance against sin?

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
All quotations from Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship, tr. By Mark F. Williams (Scranton: The University of Scranton Press, 1994, 2002).

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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