A Proverb a Day… Day 06

Read Proverbs 6

Have you ever heard the phrase “haters gonna hate”? According to Urban Dictionary (which is quickly becoming my best friend for understanding what certain sayings mean) this is “a colloquial saying. It means that people who don’t like you will always find a reason to dislike you, no matter how stupid that reason may be.”

I feel like many people take this “haters gonna hate” stance when it comes to God. When you have some misinformation about his character it can be very easy to succumb to faulty logic. If all you’ve heard about God is that he hates this, that, and the other, you could quickly fall into the trap of thinking that God hates pretty much everything. But how many things does God really hate? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not really the list that I was expecting. It’s easy to think that the things that God hates would affect those people over there, but not me. It breaks my heart to think that I do things consistently that God hates. When my heart and mind are full of pride, God hates that. When I choose lying instead of being truthful, he despises that. In fact, that one bothers him so much it’s in there twice!

Then, as if my behavior isn’t bad enough, I’m reminded that I only do these things that God hates because my loves and hates aren’t in line with his. Ouch! When I choose to lie, I’m saying that I don’t hate what he hates. I’m saying with my actions that I love something that God hates. It’s in these moments that I have to beg for God’s forgiveness, which he is always ready to extend.

One of the many things that I love about God is that even in the things he hates, he is gracious. When I’m lying my head off or thinking hateful thoughts in my heart, he doesn’t hate me. He hates sin and the fact that I’m being controlled by it. He hates that I’m living up to less than my best. He despises that his precious child is acting out of hurt and not health and wholeness.

My hope and prayer for each of us is that we would come to love the things that God loves and hate the things that he hates. I believe that our world could look completely different if that simple shift in perspective happened. I’m very interested to see, as we continue to seek God’s face and the wisdom he freely gives, if our loves and hates will begin to shift. Thank you for joining me on this wisdom journey!

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