When is Hate the Best Response?

Sunday Musings

There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.

Proverbs 6:16-19

Here’s a list of “seven deadly sins” from the book of Proverbs. It is a list of vices to avoid and hinting of virtues to perform in our day-to-day lives. Seven things that the Lord hates is a great place to begin when we think about purifying our own character and surrounding ourselves with the kind of friends and leaders that we need. Here’s the list:

  1. Haughty eyes—proud, condescending, arrogant attitudes and looks
  2. A lying tongue—deceptive, fraudulent, crooked speech
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood—given to murder, working violence against the unsuspecting
  4. A heart that devises wicked plan—a person who has a heart to plot or plan evil actions
  5. Feet that make haste to run to evil—one who seems to have no restraint in the face of temptation
  6. A false witness who breathes out lies—one who swears falsely in a public forum and defames another
  7. One who sows discord among brothers—gossips, people who work to divide rather than unite

Ask yourself the following: “Am I someone who has an air of arrogant condescension about me? Do I give the impression that only my perspective is important? Is my speech fraudulent or crooked in its pattern? Do I aim to deceive people for my own benefit?”

“Do I resort to violence to get my way? Am I willing to tolerate the exploitation and killing of others so my way of life won’t be threatened? (For example: A drug abuser is willing to tolerate the exploitation and even the murder of others for the fleeting and illegal pleasure of his drug abuse.) Is my heart quick to plot and plan evil actions?”

“Does my heart bend easily toward unrighteousness in the face of temptation to do wrong? Have I repeated stories about others that I knew or had good reason to believe were false? Do I make other people look bad so I can look good? Do I use words to hurt others?”

“Am I one who unites people and seeks to be a peace-maker, or am I eager to divide people when it suits my purposes?”

“Oh God, make me hate the things that you hate. Make me ruthless in rooting them out of my life so that I will have compassion for fellow travelers and be less judgmental of others who are trapped in the same sins I struggle with. For your glory and the joy of the world I ask this. Purify your people. Start with me Lord. Amen.”

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