Then Amnon Hated Her with Intense Hatred

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Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” (2 Samuel 13:15 NIV).

Sin in someone close to you can be such a bad and corrupting example. David’s sin of adultery would have made his son Amnon thoughtless enough to commit sexual sin. The first lesson in this tragic story in the Bible is the bad example and consequences of one sin that spills over into the next generation too.

Secondly, we find here the fact that lust, if not checked, adds fuel to itself and keeps burning. Amnon was almost sick because of his lust. His lust was clearly forbidden by God (Ref. Leviticus 18:9). But then his friend gives him ungodly and sinful counsel. Remember, Psalm 1 begins by saying, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.” But Amnon chose to follow the wicked counsel. You need to remember that when you lust, there will be many circumstances that work together to give you a chance to make it real. Watch against it with all alertness!

Thirdly, lust cunningly creates opportunities to give vent to itself. Amnon acts according to the wicked advice he got. The circumstances were cunningly arranged. This is so characteristic of lust. Lust which burns in the heart will go to any length to somehow act it out. For this, lies will be made believable stories, and innocent people will be dragged to be part of the plot without ever knowing that they are becoming tools in the hands of a lust-driven man. Even the physical environment will be stage-managed to make lust act out.

Next, you find Amnon hating what he had loved. Once the lust is expressed, then what once looked so lovely and attractive becomes the object of hatred. Remember, lust is never love. Lust is a devilish compulsion. It always burns within, but never satisfies. What the eye saw as something to be desired and had; the heart spurns in rejection once the lust is expressed. This is the great deception of sin.

Finally, know that lust can never be whitewashed. Humble yourself before God and confess to Him your own wickedness if you are burning with lust. Only God can deliver you from its trap and sin’s great deception.

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