The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate.
Teaching our children to hate evil means we have to be ever watchful of how evil is presented in our society. We need the Lord to open our ears and eyes so we might be aware of the dangerous messages so cunningly presented to our children. Have you watched a show, read a book or been at a playgroup and noticed pride, arrogancy, lying, and other behaviors of evil? It is important to use those moments carefully as training sessions. Talk about the seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19), talk about the blessings of fearing the Lord (Psalm 1 and many other passages); give your children practical ways to avoid evil. Proverbs 4: 15 instructs us to: “Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and pass away.” This is a task that keeps us attentive to the voice of the Lord. The good news is that we don’t have to do this in our own strength! Psalm 10: 17 Lord, thou has heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.
Lord, prepare the hearts of your people to receive wisdom! Open our ears and let us hear! For Lord, we can do nothing without you! Keep us from evil for your Glory and our good! Amen.