Read: Proverbs 6
Verses: 16-19 (NLT)
There are six things the Lord hates-no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes, (being proud)
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.
Today we are reading Proverbs 6. I have to admit, with today's proverb it was hard to find a "key" verse or 2. I would rather highlight something more encouraging, but I settled on verses 16-19, as noted above.
I kept praying and asking the Lord what I should write. All I could think of is, "Wow, that is quite a list of what God hates." Then, as I was reading this list 2 thoughts came to mind.
1. All Scripture is inspired by God. II Timothy 3: 16
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." (NLT)
I especially like this verse in The Message:
"Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us."
Just because a particular passage doesn't move me, or better yet...disturbs me, doesn't me I can discount it. Thanks for the reminder, God. I needed that today.
2. Even if I don't want to admit it, I'm guilty of at least some of the things that God hates. I need to be honest with myself. Have I ever been proud? Yes. Have I lied? Yes, maybe not to someone's face, but those "little white" lies that I think don't count? They do!
The Lord reminded me of something He showed me years ago. You know what? God sees sin as sin! He doesn't hold the murderer lower than the gossiper. He doesn't see the liar as different from the haughty or proud one. Ouch!
But here is the good news and the rest of the story. God sent Jesus to die for EVERYONE'S sin on the Cross. God doesn't play favorites, and for THAT I am eternally grateful. I have come to realize that ALL of my sins were in the future from the point of His death. So, ALL of my sins were forgiven once and for all. I don't have to wonder or worry if I'm forgiven. There is such freedom in that!
My daughter wrote a great blog post on God's grace called "Living Beyond Repentance" and I encourage you to read it!
Reading her blog made me think about grace. I used to think of God's grace as undeserved favor. But as I was listening to Graham Cooke yesterday, he shared if that was true, "then either Jesus never had any or if He did, then He must have done something wrong to be given that type of grace, which would disqualify Him from being your savior! Grace is My (God's) empowering presence within you that enables you to become the person that I see when I look at you." (Read his full post.)
Wow. Talk about a mind shift!
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