Six things 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, a troublemaker in the family. -Proverbs 6:16-19 MSG

This list contained in this passage is sometimes referred to as the seven deadly sins. Of course the list is neither complete or comprehensive - it is given not in an exhaustive sense but as more of an example to us. Why do you think that is says that God hates and loathes (with a passion) the actions detailed here? Is it because these acts offend his holiness or his fatherliness? My thinking is that he knows how these things work to destroy the lives of his children.

Does it surprise you that arrogant eyes and familial trouble-making made the list alongside of murder? I think they are included to remind us that there are no small sins in the eyes of God. When I read about arrogant eyes I think of looking on others with judgment instead of compassion. Interesting how lying is mentioned twice - speaks to me of how important our words are. In the end sin is deadly because of the way that it alienates us from God and from each other.

Dear Lord, keep our hearts, our minds, our lips, our hands, our feet and every part of us far from sin.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob,

    I got a reminder on Thursday about pain that is caused by a family troublemaker. My friend Toni feels that her nephew and his wife have come between her and her daughter D and it has caused her indescribable emotional pain. Maybe some changes did need to be made, but I agree with Toni that it should not have gone on for months behind her back. Betrayal is truly a vicious beast when it alienates people who love each other. God hates anything that destroys love!

    The thing is, Bob, there is almost always a troublemaker in the family, someone who brings grief and/or shame through thoughtlessness, arrogance, greed, or even pure malice. Unfortunately this is as true in God's family, as it is in the human family. :(


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