16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
There are certain passages in the Bible that I am sure I learned before I could speak. This would be one of those passages. In John 3:16 we learn that God loves the people in this world. In today’s pluralistic society, which accepts everything but truth, God also has a message telling us the things He hates. Here they are in list form:
- haughty eyes,
- a lying tongue,
- hands that shed innocent blood,
- a heart that devises wicked plans,
- feet that make haste to run to evil,
- a false witness who breathes out lies,
- one who sows discord among brothers – this one has a special hatred for this action is one that is an abomination to God.
When we know a friend does not like a certain thing, we tend to avoid that thing when around that friend. We know how to set things aside for certain people. Here, God calls us to set aside these actions that He hates.
As I ponder this list it becomes very aware to me that I am quite capable of all seven of these actions. Therefore, not doing them, because God does not want me to do them, becomes one of the important missions of my life. If we compare these to the commandments of God, we will find that loving God and loving others as ourselves will make us think twice about our words and actions.
Let me give you a modern example. Someone begins an argument with me and decides to continue this argument on Facebook or through texting or through email. I am already emotionally riled up and when I see their message my brain and my fingers go to work to tell them how I really feel about them and my words cut deep into their heart and life. If I take a moment to ponder these points that God hates, I will not send the message but will delete it, wait a day, and ask God to help me love that person with His love. In the end, I do not have the regret of damaging another person and dishonoring my God. Let us learn not only to love what God loves but also to hate that which He hates.
In God’s goodness and grace we had another wonderful day at Jakarta International Baptist Church. A man from the community, at whose restaurant I have often stopped, came to church with us. It was a joy to see him in the audience. A couple who came the week before and met me on Saturday, came back for the second time. A member’s cousin who came last week for the first time came back again. We are seeing the Lord work in hearts and are thankful for the fruit that He is bearing.
For lunch yesterday, nine JIBC people joined us for Bobbi’s spaghetti and green beans. Of course, the food was fantastic, yes, and the fellowship was just as good. Hearing how God brings men and women from all walks of life out of different countries and situations is the true joy of our time together. In His kindness, God is calling children and adults to Himself. Praise to Him.
Have a great day in the Lord,