Psalm 119:97-104 NLT Oh, how I love Your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of Your laws. I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept Your commandments. I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to Your word. I haven’t turned away from Your regulations, for You have taught me well. How sweet Your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life.
No wonder I hate every false way of life. Do we hate the false ways? The things that do not bring God glory? The things that God Himself hates? Do we even know the things that God hates? There is a list of them in the Bible.
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.
So now that we see the list, let’s look at them closer. These are 7 things the Lord hates. I think we should fully know what they are so as to avoid being or doing any of them.
- Haughty eyes…synonyms for haughty are proud, vain, arrogant, snobbish, stuck-up, pompous, self-important, superior, egotistical, condescending, smug, scornful, and overbearing, to name a few.
- A lying tongue. That one needs no synonyms. John 8:44 tells us that satan (I refuse to capitalize his name) is the father of all liars. That is how bad God hates lying. Proverbs 12:22 says the Lord detests lying lips but delights in those who tell the truth.
- Hands that kill the innocent. One of the ten commandments is Thou shall not kill.
- A heart that plots evil. The definition of plots is: secretly make plans to carry out (an illegal or harmful action).
- Feet that race to do wrong. (Giving in to greedy, lustful and selfish desires)
- A false witness that pours out lies. (One who tells anything and everything except the truth.)
- A person who sows discord (disagreement between people) in a family, society or religious community.
This is another reason why we need to know the word of God. It makes God happy that His people care enough about Him that they want to know what He says about right and wrong and are willing to trust Him to help them make necessary changes in their lives.
Revelation 22:9-21 NLT But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!” Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.” “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.
Thank You for Your boundless love. Thank You for continuing to speak to Your children, urging them to come to You. You are awesome. Your love is so magnificent, true and holy. Praise You Lord for Your mercy. You are good and Your goodness extends through the generations of those who love You wholeheartedly. (Deuteronomy 7:9) I thank You for calling us in to a closer relationship with You, the One and Only True God. It is certain that one glorious day You will be returning for Your bride, the church. Lord, we need to be ready. If there is anything that You hate that is inside of us, I beg You to reveal it (so we can repent) and then remove it from us. We need to walk in a way that is worthy of our calling as Christ followers. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us. Cleanse us and we shall be whiter than snow. Help us to hate the things that You hate. May we hate the sin, but love the sinner. May we rise above the deceitfulness of worldly pleasures and turn our minds and hearts to follow You wholeheartedly. We love You and want to honor You with every area of our life. Thank You, thank You, thank You! With all of our hearts we say thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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