Friday, May 12, 2017

Proverbs for Living - 6

Proverbs 6:16-19 (CSV) - "The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers."

In our study of this book, we come to an interesting passage. Seven things that God hates. For some people, they can't accept that God hates. After all, isn't He a God of love? How can a loving God hate something? It is things that cause the problems that we face, the basis of sins that we commit that separate us from Him. Solomon states that these seven hateful items are: (1) A Proud look. God hates pride. In fact, pride is at the root of all sin that man commits. (2) A Lying tongue. God is truth and thus cannot abide with any dishonesty. (3) Hands that Shed innocent blood. God hates violence, and we know our nation is becoming more violent and lawless. (4) A Heart that Plot wicked schemes. So many games and "entertainment" of today train us to devise ways to do what is wrong. (5) Feet eager to run to evil. God wants us to be eager to do what is right, not what is wrong. (6) A Lying witness who gives false testimony. People can be bought to bring a false testimony. Gossips and slanderers can figuratively kill a person or their testimony. (7) One who stirs up trouble among brothers. We are called to love one another. Consider before speaking - Is it true? Is it kind? Does it need to be said?

These verses set the foundation for all the rest of the chapter speaks about. Verse 1-5 speaks about making bad financial decisions. Verse 6-11 talk about having a bad work ethic. Next, verses 12-15 deal with having a bad character. and verses 20 -35 cover having bad morals.

Spend some time reading and re-reading these verse and see what God is saying to you today.

Prayer: Speak to my heart, Lord Jesus. Show me from what I am reading, studying, and learning where I need to make corrections. Where I need to get right with You. Amen. 


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