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The Seven Things God Hates

In today’s rapidly changing society, where the allure of popular culture often overshadows the enduring truths of the Bible, it’s vital to take a moment to meditate on the core values that guide us. Moreover, the wisdom found in Proverbs 6:16-19 is a powerful reminder of the actions and attitudes that deviate from the path God has set for us. Furthermore, these verses outline seven behaviors hated by God, such as arrogance, deceit, and fostering discord. Through this blog post, we will dive deep into the essence of Bible truth and Christian living. We will explore the meaning of living holy and righteousness to guide us back to alignment with God’s divine expectations. This is a call to scrutinize our own lives against the backdrop of behaviors that displease the Lord.

Seven Detestable Things to Avoid

Reflecting on the things that displease God is not about wallowing in guilt but about striving for a harmonious life in alignment with Christian living. Whether it’s the arrogance that clouds judgment, deceit that undermines truth, or conflict that destroys unity, each item from Proverbs 6:16-19 serves as a checkpoint for self-correction. Therefore, if you notice these attitudes and behaviors in yourself, you need to repent and realign with God’s expectations.

A proud look

Pride leads to downfall and stands in stark contrast to the Kingdom’s cherished virtue of humility. Don’t forget pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Consequently, being prideful can lead you down a slippery slope into the kingdom of darkness. Leviathan, the gliding serpent and demon of the sea (Isaiah 27:1), is described in Job 41:34 as beholding every high thing without fear and being king over all the children of pride.

My dear sister in Christ, this is the type of spiritual warfare you do not want to engage in. In his book, Dictionary of Demons and Complete Deliverance, Madueke, Prayer (2022) states, “Of all the principalities, the leviathan is extremely violent, deadly, unnatural, unreasonable, proud, insane, obstinate, evil, harmful, strong, and war-like” (p.38).

Thinking back on my time working with abused women and children, the leviathan spirit reminds me of the characteristics of domestic violence perpetrators who could be charming one minute and seething with anger the next. Behind their facade was a total narcissist who could do no wrong. Are you familiar with this type?

A lying tongue

Truthfulness reveals God’s character. Deceit separates us from His truth and makes us children of the enemy, the father of lies (John 8:44). Proverbs 12:22 says the Lord hates lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. Lying works both ways. Some thrive on deceiving, while others seek comfort in being deceived. This type of person is okay with living in delusion and closing their eyes to the sin all around them—In their homes, their churches, and even their hearts. They ignore the apparent delineation from the Word of God. The Lord will reject them with disgust for their lukewarm attitude and complacency (Revelation 3:15-16).

On the contrary, another lie we must be careful of is “little white lies.” The ones where we say the dress is pretty instead of being honest with our friend and telling her the entire truth. Sweetheart, the dress is lovely, but perhaps a little too tight. Maybe you don’t have that problem, but you say you’ll be too busy to get out of going to an engagement when you really won’t. How about your social media feed? Are you portraying your life as one way when it is another to seem more important, more financially secure, and more put together than you really are? These are all little traps that, on the surface, appear harmless but are still deceitful, which the Lord detests (Psalm 5:6)

Hands that shed innocent blood

A fundamental respect for life underscores God’s commandments, illustrating the sinfulness of harming others. I pray no one reading this article has taken an innocent life. However, a single vote from you may have catalyzed the taking of millions of innocent lives. In the first ten months of 2023, the US healthcare system performed 878,000 abortions. Unfortunately, as a country, we’ve aborted more babies than the population of the state of North Dakota in a single year.

Don’t get God confused with political pundits who say life starts outside the womb. Psalm 139:13 says, He knows our innermost parts and knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:5 says God knew us before He placed us in our mother’s womb, and before we were born, He set us apart for a specific purpose. For Him, life started even before the womb.

Think about that the next time you cast your vote for a politician who is in favor of abortion. We serve a God who is just, who hears the cries from innocent blood that is shed (Genesis 4:10). Again, this is akin to living in delusion to think you can vote a person into power and not be responsible for their actions once they are there especially if you are aware of that politician’s track record for voting in favor of legislation that goes against the word of God.

Those with eyes, let them see, and those with ears, let them hear. Let not your hearts be so callused that you hardly hear with your ears and have closed your eyes (Matthew 13:13-15). As Women of God, we have to stand on God’s side, not popular culture or what’s politically correct. Jesus is not a Democrat or a Republican, but He is just (Deuteronomy 32:4) and will reward you in accordance with your works (Revelation 22:12).

A heart that devises wicked schemes

Conceiving plans that lead to sin or harm are repulsive to God. Philippians 4:8 gives us clear instructions on what we should be thinking about. Moreover, it is a great verse to meditate on for those who struggle with a negative mindset. Here is the amplified version:

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].

Therefore, we should be meditating on holy and righteous things regularly. In fact, the Lord instructs us to meditate on His Word day and night so that we are careful to do everything in it (Joshua 1:8). Worldly or new age meditation has been described as tuning out the world and focusing inward on yourself. This is in direct opposition to Christian meditation, which requires you to tune the world out to focus on the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33), not yourself.

Consequently, if you stay connected to the Kingdom through prayer, meditation, and reading God’s word, you won’t have the mental capacity to devise wicked schemes. Your mind will be so full of godly things that there will be no room for what’s evil.

Feet eager to rush into evil

A predilection for sin showcases a heart estranged from God. I had a friend for many years before I gave my life to Christ, who was always in the midst of drama. Each week, she would call me with a new outlandish story. It wasn’t until our friendship ended right after I became serious about my walk with God (no surprises there) that the Lord revealed the application of this verse to me. As women of God, we are called to be busy seeking God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:38), not drama.

Therefore, we must deny our flesh the excitement of drama and tap into the Holy Spirit to change our preferences. Examine your own life. Are you constantly involved in drama, watching drama unfold in other’s lives, or lusting after a good drama in books and movies? Don’t fool yourself. There is nothing holy or righteous about drama.

Moreover, in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, Apostle Paul gives us the prescription for life—be ambitious to live a quiet and peaceful life and mind your own business. If you crave excitement or drama, pray that your tastes and preferences be changed. Pray that the holy things of God excite you and fulfill your every need.

A false witness who pours out lies

Spreading falsehoods not only injures our neighbor but directly contravenes God’s laws. One of the most pervasive ways we spread falsehoods and tear each other down is through gossip. Unless you saw what happened with your own eyes, it’s gossip. If the person you’re talking about is absent, it’s gossip. There is something significant I must point out here: whether you’re saying something good or bad about a person, it is still gossip.

People often spread information about others that highlights accomplishments, portraying them positively. However, if the person did not give you permission to talk about their accomplishments, it’s still gossip. Parents and relatives are guilty of this. They tell their friends and other family members your “accomplishments,” but in doing so, they release information that forms others’ opinions of you.

For example, you may become the “rich” auntie or the sister who “has it” because your parents and relatives have bragged about your promotion. Or, the world may know your every move, whether you’re traveling out of the country or moving to a new place, because your parents have divulged this information to the congregation, asking for their prayers. Be careful to mind your tongue and avoid disclosing information about others without their permission.

Conversely, Ephesians 4:29 says we should not let any unwholesome talk come from our mouths, but only the things that are good for building according to their needs to benefit those listening. The next time you want to say something about someone, ask yourself, am I building that person up? Will this help the person who is listening? If the answer is no, keep your mouth shut. In doing so, you’ll ensure that your religion is not useless (James 1:26)

One who stirs up conflict in the community

Unity and peace are precious in God’s eyes, making disputes among His people especially reprehensible. A few weeks ago, I watched a brief clip of a well-known pastor. He talked about people who have left his church since the larger Christian community started questioning his unbiblical practices. I was very disappointed.

First, since it is the individual believers’ salvation that is in question, they have the right to decide where they will be spiritually fed (Matthew 4:4). The Bible tells us to sort out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). That means we are responsible for being under a pastor who can minister to us the way to salvation. Jesus dying for our sins only gave us back the right to the Tree of Life, which Adam lost in the garden (Genesis 3:23-24). It is your Christian walk, the way you live daily, that will get you into the kingdom. And ultimately allow you to partake of the tree (Revelation 2:7).

Why do you think a pastor would underhandedly admonish people for leaving his congregation? Why would a pastor gossip to his entire congregation about private events involving a few ex-congregants during a sermon he knew would be recorded and shared on social media? Yep, to stir up conflict within the community.

I think you know where I’m going with this. Unfortunately, gossip, slander, and a lack of humility are the main culprits keeping up conflict in the Christian community. Although we covered these three above, I want to make a final point about humility since lacking it is the number one reason the body of Christ is fragmented.

Pride and Conflict in The Community

No one wants to admit that we don’t have it all figured out. We fall short sometimes. Therefore, occasionally, our mentors, congregation, followers, friends, and family must rebuke us. What happened to iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17)? Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth indicates the importance of the church holding one another accountable for our actions.

It is actually reported [everywhere] that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the [unbelieving] Gentiles: that someone has [an intimate relationship with] his father’s wife. And you are proud and arrogant! You should have mourned in shame so that the man who has done this [disgraceful] thing would be removed from your fellowship!
You are to hand over this man to Satan for the destruction of his body, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your boasting [over the supposed spirituality of your church] is not good [indeed, it is vulgar and inappropriate].
But actually, I have written to you not to associate with any so-called [Christian] brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater [devoted to anything that takes the place of God], or is a reviler [who insults or slanders or otherwise verbally abuses others], or is a drunkard or a swindler—you must not so much as eat with such a person. For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders (non-believers)? Do you not judge those who are within the church [to protect the church as the situation requires]? God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside [the faith]. Remove the wicked one from among you [expel him from your church].

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 AMP

This isn’t on the body. The individual must accept reproof and free themselves from their spirit of pride. Pride causes you to lash out when corrected for your ungodly behavior instead of having a posture of remorse and repentance. Proverbs 12:1 says whoever loves disciple also loves knowledge, but the person who hates reproof is stupid. All of us must submit not only to the Lord but also to those He has entrusted with our care. Why be a part of a ministry you don’t trust to guide you spiritually?

Pastors, teachers, and prophets don’t forget you are not Jesus and, therefore, are not without blemish. As James explains in Chapter 3, verses 1 and 2, we all stumble in many ways. Yet, you will still be judged more harshly. Be humble enough to come down from the pulpit until you can die to your flesh if you’re struggling with sin.

Final Thoughts

These vices serve as a mirror reflecting our actions and motives. If we recognize ourselves in any of these, it’s a summons to repentance and purifying our lives. Also, aligning our lives more closely with God’s will. This process is spurred not by a desire to earn His love but to live in a way that genuinely reflects our love for Him. I’ll end with what Jesus told His disciples, “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments” (John 14:15 AMP).

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