By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.

     God is portrayed as a God of LOVE so many times in the Bible that many
people fail to realize that there are some things that Gods hates. It is hard to think
of our loving God hating something.  What we must realize is that God cannot
permit sin in any size, shape or fashion.  God HATES sin and sinful ways.

     King Solomon, the wisest man to ever be King over God's people Israel,
penned these words long, long ago under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God:
"There are six things which Jehovah hateth; yea, seven which are an abomination
unto him:  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A
heart that deviseth wicked purposes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a
false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethern".
(Pro. 6:16-19).

     It will be our purpose in the remainder of this article to discuss briefly these
"Seven things that Jehovah hates," in order that we might proceed through life with
a greater awareness that God HATES sin and sinful ways.

     God hates "Haughty Eyes."  Haughty eyes are spoken of in the Bible to refer to
a person who has an attitude of being proud or arrogant.  This point is beautifully
illustrated to us in a parable of Jesus.  "And he spake also this parable unto
certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others to
naught:  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the
other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank
thee that I am not as the rest of man, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as
this publican.  I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get.  But the publican,
standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his
breast, saying, God, be thou merciful unto me a sinner.  I say unto you, this man
went down to his house justified rather than the other:  for every one that exalteth
himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." 
(Luke 18:9-14).  It was Solomon who said , "Pride goeth before destruction and a
haughty spirit before a fall."  (Pro.16:18).  If a person wants to have a demeanor
of life that pleases God, then it must be one of HUMILITY.

     God hates a "Lying Tongue."  We live in a world today where men think that
 God doesn't care if they tell something that is untrue, (a lie), just as long as it
"keeps them out of trouble".  This cannot be.  God has never been deceptive to
man, thus He cannot stand for man to be a deceptive creature.  Acts 5:1-6)
records for us God's very feelings about deception.  Ananias and Sapphira were
killed on the spot for their deception before God.  They kept back a part of the
price of the land that they sold while pretending to give all of this sum to the
apostles.  Peter said to Ananias, "Why hath Satan filled thy heart to LIE to the Holy
Spirit, to keep back part of the price of the land?"  God made an example of these
two before the whole church to prove that He HATES lies.

     God hates "Hands that shed innocent blood."  Judas is the prime example of
one whose hands shed innocent blood.  Although  he never laid hands on Jesus to
take his life, he did betray Him into the hands of others.  Taking the life of another
has been hated in God's sight since the beginning when Cain slew his brother

     God hates "A heart that deviseth wicked purposes."  This is the person who sits
and thinks of something evil that he might do to someone else.  The world is full of
people who plan and scheme in order to do hurt to someone else.  Their days are
spent anxiously awaiting the "right time" to come along that they might enforce
their plan.  This man's priorities in life are wrong.  He has missed his whole
purpose.  God will not tolerate a practice of willful sin in any man's life, no matter
who he is.

     God hates "Feet that are swift in running to mischief."  This has been termed by
one man as, "Hoof and mouth disease."  Gossip is poison of the mouth.  Some
people get great joy out of running and telling others what they know about
someone else.  To the gossiper, there is a sort of self-esteem im making others
look bad.  It would do us well to take a small test before telling anything on anyone.
We should ask these questions, "Is it true, Is it necessary, and would God
approve of me saying this?"  Remember, if someone wants something told to the
community about themselves, they will tell it.

     God hates a "False witness that uttereth lies."  A false witness can cost a man
his life if believed by those in authority.  It was false witness that cost Jesus His
life.  "Now the chief priest and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to
put him to death; and found it not.  For many bare false witness against him, and
their witness agreed not together."  (Mark 14:55-56).  False witness is nothing
more that lying in order to assure hurt to another party.  The Jews in Jesus' case
could not find any fault in Him, so they had to make up something.  Sad to say,
there are many people like these Jews today.  When there is not a fault great
enough to condemn a man, then something is made up.  We need to hear what
Paul said long ago.  "Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one
with his neighbor:  For we are members one of another."  (Ephesians 4:25).

     Of all the things God hates, "He that soweth discord among brethern," must be
the worst.  A person cannot love and sow discord at the same time.  The Bible
shows us that love for one another has a binding effect as well as an identifying
mark.  "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I
have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye
are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."  (John 13:34-35).  We need to
realize that a kingdom that has inward division will fall.  God has given us His
precious SEED to sow in our own hearts and in the hearts of others.  If we will just
stay with that, the sowing of discord will be kept to a minimum.

     Let's keep these things ever before our minds realizing that God hates some
things as strongly as he LOVES others.  Remember, it was God's Love for man
that caused Him to send His only begotten Son into the world, but it was His HATE
for sin that caused His son to die.
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