by Yewande Olamiju
These six things the Lord hates,Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren (Prov 6:16-19)
1. A proud look
The bible describes a proud look as a spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others. (Prov 6:17 AMP). Are you complacently pleased with yourself over your moral performance, looking down your nose at the common people? (Luk 18:9 MSG). Do thoughts such as these run through your mind – I’m better than you; I’m holier than you; I’m more educated than her; I’m made; I have a house in the Hamptons; I have a beach-front property in Banana Island, Ikoyi; I’m so beautiful; I know the President; I’m the Chairman’s son.
Pride is an abomination to God. God resists the proud (James 4:6, 1 Pet 5:5-6) but He’s ever ready to give His assistance to humble people (1 Pet 5:5-6, James 4:6, Matt 5:3 AMP). God cast Lucifer, the anointed cherub that covers, out of Heaven because He was proud (Ezek 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-20; Luke 10:18)
God tells us to clothe ourselves (which is a conscious, deliberate action) with humility (1 Pet 5:5, Col 3:12) and not to compare ourselves with others (2 Cor 10:12) because there is nothing we have that we did not receive (1 Cor 4:7).
He tells us in the parable of the pharisee and the publican that we shouldn’t give “performances” like the Pharisee did, looking down at others because we won’t go home justified in His sight (Luke 18:9-14). Don’t look down at others. Don’t look at people with disdain. Be humble (Rom 12:16; Gal 6:3), walk in meekness (Eph 4:1-2).
Don’t sing a solo in church so people can “appreciate” your voice or give a sermon out of pride to show your bible skills. Phil 2:3 says let nothing be done out of vain conceit, prompted by empty arrogance, through strife or vainglory.
See also Prov 29:23; Prov 16:18; Prov 11:2, 28; Prov 13:10; Prov 28:25; 1 John 2:16; Prov 14:21
2. A lying tongue
A lie is defined as a statement one knows to be untrue . Are your lips lying lips? Falsifying your date of birth, employment records to get a job is a lie. Exaggerations and embellished stories are lies. Making claims that are not true are lies. False tax returns are lies. Business lies are lies that God finds abominable. Proclamations made in the name of God (Thus saith the Lord) that are not from God are lies (Jer 29:23b). Don’t repeat as fact what you were not a witness to (Deut 19:16-21).
A few facts about lying: Lying brings God’s judgment (Rev 21:8; Rev 2:15). A liar will not go free, will not escape, will be destroyed, will perish (Prov 19:5,9). Lies are soon exposed (Prov 12:19NLT). God delights in those who tell the truth but finds liars detestable (Prov 12:22). A liar pays attention to a malicious tongue (Prov 17:4b). You’re definitely not paying attention to God if you’re a liar. A liar hates those it wounds (Prov 26:28). If you hate you do not have eternal life in you and you don’t know God (1 John 3:14-15; 1 John 4:8).
God encourages us to put away lying and tell the truth ( Eph 4:24-25) and our speech should be filled with words that are beneficial to the spiritual growth of others (Eph 4:29, Titus 2:1).
3. Hands that shed innocent blood
In the bible, the words shedding of innocent blood were used to describe the murder of children for child sacrifice (Psa 106:37-38; 2 Kings 24:2-4). Today, millions of innocent, unborn children are murdered yearly on the altar of self, convenience and pleasure (abortion).
Human life starts at conception (Psa 139:14-16). Unborn children are not inanimate mass of tissue or clumps of cells. God sees unborn children as alive (Exod 21:22-25; Luke 1:41). Abortion is murder, killing innocent children.
Don’t be deceived into thinking you’re helping a friend by paying for an abortion or taking them to an abortion clinic.
4. A heart that devises wicked imaginations
A heart that devises wicked imaginations, hatches evil plots, manufactures evil is an abomination to God (Prov 15:26). What are your thoughts? What do you think about?What do you imagine? What are your day dreams about – especially about others? Are you struggling with thoughts of revenge? Forgive, just as God forgave you (Eph 4:31-32). Don’t let unforgiveness persist in your heart or you’ll keep spending time hatching evil plots of revenge, until bitterness rises up in you and defiles you (Heb 12:14-15).
Choose what you think about, cast out impure thoughts (2 Cor 10:5).
God understands our thoughts even from a distance (Psa 139:2) so invite Him to search your heart and point out what is offensive to Him (Psa 139:23-24).
Recommended reading on dealing with your thoughts Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer .
5. Feet that be swift in running into mischief
Where do your feet take you? Are you always in a hurry to do wrong? Pause to reflect on the consequences of your action before you make a decision.
Make a conscious deliberate choice to avoid the paths of evil men (Prov 4:14-15). Remember God watches, weighs, examines all your paths, your goings (Prov 5:21)
6. A false witness
You’re a false witness if you spread stories you were not a witness to or you tell lies when you’re called in as a witness. The bible says that that a false witness will not go unpunished (Prov 19:5,9) and is a dangerous weapon to his neighbour (Prov 25:18). Ananias’s wife, Sapphira was a false witness who found out too late that a false witness truly does not go unpunished (Acts 5:1-11).
7. He that sows discord among brethren
He that sows discord among brethren is one who instigates trouble and infighting among friends and family (a trouble maker in the family Prov 6:19 MSG), and also discourages peaceful relations, reconciliation between fighting friends or friendship between people just because they are insecure or jealous. Such people spread lies and gossip about Mr. A to Mr. B so that Mr. A and Mr. B can start hating and fighting (Prov 17:9; Prov 26:20). The Bible describes them as troublemakers (Prov 6:19 MSG), hateful (Prov 10:12), angry, hot-tempered (Prov 15:18) and perverse people (Prov 17:19).
Strife is a work of the flesh (Gal 5:19-20) and we are to put off the works of the flesh. God has called us to walk in love and not in strife and envying (Rom 13:13; Eph 4:1; 1 Cor 3:3; James 3:16).
Repent of any of the above and ask God for His help to overcome. Continue in welldoing and do not be discouraged if it takes some time to overcome any of these sins (Gal 6:9; 1 John 1:9) God is willing and His hand is stretched out to help you of only you ask.