The Seven Things That God Hates
Here are six things GOD hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion:
…eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent,
a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath,..
Proverbs 6:16-19 (MSG)
I don’t know about you, but when God says He hates something, I take notice. Proverbs lists six things that God hates, and then adds one more thing that He loathes with a passion.
The first six things are:
1. Eyes that are arrogant, meaning a conceited or prideful attitude.
2. A lying tongue.
3. Hands that murder the innocent.
4. A heart that hatches evil plots.
5. Feet that race to do wrong.
6. A mouth that lies under oath, meaning a false witness.
These six things are sin – God hates them. But there is a seventh thing that He particularly hates.
It is an abomination to Him; it disgusts Him. What is it? You may be surprised. Read on.
7. As Proverbs 6:19 continues, …”a troublemaker in the family,” meaning one who sows discord among brethren. Other names for someone who “sows discord” are a talebearer; a busybody; a tattler; or a gossip.
Wait a minute. God singles out gossiping over lying? sowing discord over murder? Yes, He does.
God particularly hates the one who loves to make trouble, who sows discord among the brethren. Discord means tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement, or dissension. How do people sow discord? They do it both openly and behind the scenes.
People who openly sow discord seem to enjoy disagreement. They like to press their viewpoints in ways that alienate rather than reconcile. They thrive on the energy of a hostile environment. God particularly hates that attitude!
People who sow discord behind the scenes purposely go from person to person stirring up conflict. Their actions shatter lives with slanderous words. Sowing discord may take the form of gossiping or tale-bearing. But it can also be purposely stirring up negative emotions of another person to cause them to react. Again, God especially hates these behaviours!
In Psalm 133 we read that His ways and path of blessing for us are totally opposite of sowing discord: “Behold, how good and pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Verse 2 goes on to compare our unity to the anointing of the Holy Spirit. That is a very strong statement of the value God places on unity.
Let’s be conscious of God’s abhorrence of sowing discord and help one another to dwell together in unity. It is in the place of unity that the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Will you choose to dwell in unity? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Isaiah 4-6; Matt 23
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