MONDAY 28 March, 2016
From Love to Hatred
However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Arise, be gone!” - 2 Samuel 13:14-15
Remember Amnon spoke of his strong love for Tamar, to the point of not eating. Now after he lay with her, his feelings of love drastically changed, he now hated her with a passion! Notice again, this was not genuine love, it was lust. His lust gave no consideration to the welfare of his sister; instead he expressed his contempt towards her and wanted to get rid of her as fast as possible.
Vulnerable women need to avoid men who want to seduce them into sexual sin. Often a young man will say, “If you love me then you will go to bed with me.” But as soon as you give in, they want nothing more to do with you! They do not care. They are just interested in satisfying their own lust. God’s will is for men and women to remain pure. First Thessalonians 4:3-7 tells us:
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother [a fellow member of the body of Christ both male and female], in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, for God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
The word lust [can] mean “selfish desire.” It wants something so badly you will do anything to get it. That is one of the tricks of the devil. It is too high a price to pay.
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