Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
We need to hate those things that God hates and be on guard of our hearts that we not stumble into the sinful nature these afford. Self conceit and contempt of others is found in our haughtiness. Pride is the first sin mentioned because it is the sin we deal with first when we turn away from His Word. Out of pride come falsehoods and frauds. As each sin is revealed, they build upon the one before, with each becoming more awful. Notice that two of the things that God hates, speaks to the lying tongue and finally ends with the man who sows discord among the brethren. God hates discord among the brethren; we are to support one another, lift and edify the brothers and sisters of our faith.
Friends, as you enter this new day, are their injustices that you see? Are there those among you that devise lies against the defenseless? God forbid, but have we been guilty of remaining quiet when we should have spoken out? Should we have taken steps to defend those who are wrongly accused? We too, must hate the things God hates and we must not let them take root in our own lives. We must check and recheck our actions, our emotions and our thoughts so none of these sins become a part of us.
Let us cling to His Word and bring unity and harmony to the body of Christ; let our words encourage the fainthearted and our deeds strengthen the weak. Let us remember God’s instructions; Philippians 2:1-3, “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem the other better than themselves.”
Connie Renfro ©