Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)

There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.

I was discussing this passage in Proverbs chapter six, with a friend of mine this week and later, when I was at home I had an opportunity to sit and meditate upon it.

The passage tells us that there are basically seven patterns of behaviour that are utterly detestable to God. They can be summed up with; arrogance, dishonesty, maltreatment of the innocent, evil intent and divisiveness.

Now, my immediate thought is that we don’t hear much these days about God hating things. It is very easy to focus on the ‘God of love’ which all too often translates in people’s minds into some kind of ‘“there there”, pat on the back, “everything will be ok”’ scenario, but we must never lose sight of the fact that there are some things that God hates and far from countermanding his nature as a God of love it actually defines it.

Why? Because if we look at the list in proverbs we see that every single one of these behaviours listed is directly opposed to the nature of God. He is never arrogant, he is the picture of perfect humility, even coming down from the majesty of Heaven and taking up human form and dying for us (Philippians 2 v 6-8). He is never dishonest – He IS truth (John 14 v 6). He champions, defends and lauds innocence (Matthew 18 v 2-6). His intent and is only ever for perfect goodness and he desires us to be the same (Psalm 25 v 8). And his very character is one of unity and never division (Ecclesiastes 4 v 12).

What it boils down to is this: God hates sin. He hates every sin and he cannot be reconciled to it because it is so opposite to HIS nature. It is, in fact, the nature of Satan who is a murderer and the ‘Father of Lies’ (John 8 v 44).

Now, my friend told me that before he was a Christian he exhibited all of these behaviours listed in Proverbs six. The fact is, we have all exhibited these behaviours in heart, intent or action (or all three) at some point in our lives. Romans 3 v 23 even tells us that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That means just what it says… ALL of us! Me, you, the Queen of England – even the Green Cross Code man!! However it goes on to say that we can be justified freely by his grace through the redemption that comes through Christ Jesus.

In simple terms, we did wrong, Jesus paid the penalty for it with his blood and if we acknowledge that and come to him and accept his payment for our wrongdoings, and allow his Holy Spirit to help us to turn away from those things (repentance) he is faithful and just to forgive us and will purify us from the past (1 John 1 v 9)

God Loves You!

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life. JOHN 3:16

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