Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 5:1 through Proverbs 7:27
When my kids were little I was a fanatic about teaching them to respect other people. I literally had them thinking words like dumb, stupid and shut up were curse words. Another biggie was the word, “hate.” They would definitely get in trouble if they said they hated another person.
In today’s reading God used the word “hate.”
God didn’t say He hated a person or a people group, but there are some things people do that really irritate Him.
So, if we are Christ followers and He hates “stuff,” we should probably hate it too.
Here are seven things God hates in Proverbs 6: 16-19
- 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
In verse 16, Solomon said there are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests. The commentaries I read said this pattern of writing (six…seven) was to let the reader know that this wasn’t an exhaustive list. In other words, there are more things the Lord hates. But I think this list deserves our attention.
The last one struck a chord with me.
“A person who sows discord in a family”
This says a lot about the importance God places on the family. We all know that the biblically created family unit is under tremendous attack. From this scripture it should be clear we need to fight to protect it. But before we get our signs and head to Washington, we need to sweep around our own front door.
Do you know of any mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters who refuse to speak to one another?
Do you know family members who gossip back and forth to stir up trouble?
How about adult brothers and sisters whose hearts are filled with jealousy?
Do you know divorced moms and dads who make life miserable for their children because they’re too selfish to “let it go?”
God hates this; we must stop it!
If you have been divorced make every effort to let the past go; your kids have suffered enough. Let their weddings, children’s’ births, and birthdays be joyous occasions that aren’t about you and your ex’s “stuff.” Get over it!
Let’s make a pack that we will guard our families at all costs and work with everything we have to create peace. Don’t major on minors and ask God for grace and guidance to keep discord from growing like a cancer in our families.
Holy Spirit, illuminate the areas in our lives that you hate. Show us, then help us to overcome it. Jesus, I especially pray for families; help us as Christians to realize our family is our first mission field.
Help us to love like you love!
In Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1 through Proverbs 10:32