If you have a family member who always speaks against God and you are still in constant relationship with such a person, you are not a true worshipper. The person that has no regard for God is not supposed to be your best friend; separate yourself from them. That was the problem Jehoshaphat had - he had affinity with Ahab and almost lost his life when he went with Ahab to battle in 2 Chronicles 18.
As he was returning from the battle, God sent a prophet to meet him on the way and the prophet said “shouldest thou hatest them that hate the Lord?” And what happened? God was displeased with him (2 Chronicles 19:1-3). Every other thing was okay with Jehoshaphat but he loved those who hated the Lord and in that regard, he was not a true worshipper. A true worshipper will separate himself from them that hate the Lord.
You will see from 2 Kings 3:13-14, that Elisha did not regard Ahab’s son when he came to see him, even though he was the king of Israel. He looked in his direction only for Jehoshaphat’s sake. This is true worship, when you stand for truth and righteousness. Always stand for the will of God to prevail on the earth and when you find a man that is so engrossed in wickedness and corruption, he should not earn your respect. I have seen Christians who run around people that are so corrupt, given to iniquity, who hate God and are profane all in the name of the financial benefits they get from these wicked men. Such Christians are not true worshippers of God. If you truly worship the God that such men detest and work against, you won’t respect them.
PRAYER: Lord, I take a stand with you and make a choice to rather honour you than respect a man who detest you in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22, Luke 8:4-21, Psalm 69:19-36, Proverbs 12:2-3