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 do not have to look far to find hate.
Violence, abuse, murder, and destruction follow hatred. But not with God. His hatred of these things is because of what it does to His children. We will often apply how we feel, how we would act or react in any given situation to God.
We might feel justified in our dislike of something or someone. Because we might know a thing or two about God and His character, we believe our sense of justice will line up with His. Two verses dispel that thought in my heart.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
A child of God in today’s society might have a strong opinion about the world events going on around us. The world is plunging into turmoil over many things. It has been prophesied it would happen in the end times, so why should we be surprised?
It cannot be for us to take up hatred because of an injustice. We must not speak out against one who may be involved in wickedness without first considering that they are first, a soul for whom Christ died.
People today are broken.
Broken by sin.
We can empathize with the victim, but what of the murderer? The abuser? The addict? Who will step forward to reach out and help them? We often become judge, jury, and executioner in our hearts to those who commit heinous crimes. But, in looking deeper, we may find something we may not like.
More often than not, someone who commits violent crime has been a victim themselves. Victims of extreme abuse; mental, physical, emotional, sexual, or all four. Having worked with the addicted now for over 15 years, I have come to find that hurt people, hurt people.
Sin manifests itself outwardly when the heart is full. Too often, groups and even churches will try to conform the outward without any inward change. It is the heart that needs to be transformed that will effectively change the outer.
As children of God, we have been given the answer to all that we see wrong in this world. We have the life-changing Word of God. We have access to the throne of God. We have been given promises and commands to go, reach, and teach the lost.
We can personally hate the things that manifest themselves in our life; pride, lying, murder, wicked devices that cross our minds, how quickly we run to sin, bearing falsely against someone, or God forbid, dividing the church through discord. These will hinder our personal relationship with the Father.
Once we take care of those, we can begin to intercede for those who truly need God. Through confession and repentance, we can begin the transformation to become more like Jesus. That is what the world needs today – more of Jesus, less opinions, rhetoric, and posturing.
Take stock of our own life before a holy God. As children of God, we have the blood of Jesus to cleanse us and make us whole. That is what this world needs. Let us take Jesus to them!