Hate What God Hates
Hate is not a word I like to use often, but when hate is against evil or when it is God speaking, we need to listen. God has spoken to His people clearly so we can understand His standards. God hates sin and as we read from Proverbs 6 today we will see some sins spelled out as well as counsel from Solomon.
An Invitation from Sin
We live in a culture that invites and incites us to sin. Overcoming sin starts from within. Sin desires to master us, but we must master it. Our flesh is prone to wander but we can choose to walk in the Spirit.
Hate What God Hates So You Will Be Free!
We have to be under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be able to please God. May we hate what He hates and love what He loves and live our lives free from the enslavement of sin!
A Wise guy
Solomon has some good advice for us today about practical financial matters and dealing with some character problems in others and ourselves.
This Proverb is divided into five parts of counsel for:
- Financial entanglements
- Against laziness
- The malicious man
- What the LORD hates
- Warnings against adultery.
Counsel for financial entanglements
According to the Easy English Bible commentary, “In this poem, Solomon compares our mistakes to a hunter’s trap. When a hunter works, he may build traps. He hides his traps so that animals will not see them. He hopes that the animals will fall into his traps. Then he can kill and eat the animals. In our lives, our mistakes can be like traps. Perhaps we want to do the right thing. Perhaps our plans are good. But our best plans could fail. Then, like a trap, our plans can destroy us.”
In verses 1-2 we see counsel for when we get in trouble. One important facet of life is all about how we deal with troubles and problems. We will all face problems how we handle them can define us and impact the rest of our lives. Sometimes WE are the ones to cause the problems and sometimes we aren’t.
Our choices can become like traps.
Solomon reminds us that there is a way out and it is through humility.
As it says in Proverbs 3(b); “Go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor.” When we admit our mistake, we can repent and correct our behavior. We all do wrong things against God. This behavior is also like a trap. We cannot free ourselves. But God can and following wise counsel leads the way. Paul wrote, ‘When I want to do good things, evil thoughts attract me. My spirit loves God’s law. But my body fights against my mind. I am like someone in prison. This is because evil behavior controls my body.’ (Romans 7:21-23)
Hate What God Hates to Free Yourself.
But there is an answer to this problem. God can free us. If we ask God, then he will forgive us. And he will help us to control our behavior. He will teach discipline to us. Paul continued, ‘Thank you, God. God frees me through Jesus Christ.’ (Romans 7:25)
Counsel Against Laziness
Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.”
I have used these verses with my children – they are such a vivid reminder that we need to be diligent, self-motivated and have initiative.
Parents, you know the struggle to get kids to do chores sometimes. There is a mentality – almost an offense, it seems, that they would even be asked. Debunk this mentality, friends. Deal with this rebellion. Even if it means conflict arises, we have to train our children to be under authority. We all serve and need to help with chores.
Raising our children to be served will not serve them.
Laziness happens when we are not self-disciplined and like our comfort too much.
Solomon provides Counsel about the malicious man
“A worthless person, a wicked man goes around speaking dishonestly, winking his eyes, signaling with his feet, and gesturing with his fingers. He always plots evil with perversity in his heart; he stirs up trouble. Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly; he will be shattered instantly, beyond recovery.” (Proverbs 6:13-15)
You know sometimes it can feel like judgment does not happen quickly to wicked people, as verse 15 said, “suddenly”. But the longer you live you realize that God’s patience and longsuffering is in hoping they will repent. And he will assuredly judge.
Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 6:16-19
“There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”
Counsel about what the LORD hates
Solomon uses this phrase, “6 things the LORD hates – 7 things he detests to stress that while there are six things the Lord hates and finds abominable, the seventh one is especially so.”
- People who lie
- Plotting evil
- People who are quick to do evil – they are not resisting sin but living a sinful lifestyle.
- False witnesses – pouring out lies
- Someone who sows discord – causes conflict in a family. God wants his people to live in unity. Discord arises from selfish ambition, jealousy, offenses.
Hate What God Hates So We Will Be Blessed.
God hates these things because they hurt His people and create confusion for people, making it hard for people to be healed emotionally and to find God. He hates these and all sins because of what it does – it separates us from God, and for what it is – a violation of His commandments.
Hate what God Hates Because Sin Destroys Us
According to GotQuestions.org, “The seven things God hates are a catalog of sins summed up in Proverbs 6:16–19. While these aren’t the only sins that should be avoided, they do sum up most of the wicked things condemned by God. The seven things God hates are the sins that deal with the deep heart motives of the individual. The writer of Proverbs points the finger straight at our hearts and our sinful thought processes.”
Matthew Henry offers a thoughtful commentary on these verses:
6:12-19 “If the slothful are to be condemned, who do nothing, much more those that do all the ill they can. Observe how such a man is described. He says and does everything artfully, and with design. His ruin shall come without warning, and without relief. Here is a list of things hateful to God. Those sins are in a special manner provoking to God, which are hurtful to the comfort of human life. These things which God hates, we must hate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let us shun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; and avoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them, whatever may be their rank.”
Counsel for the adulterer:
Reading from Proverbs 6:32-33, “The one who commits adultery lacks sense; whoever does so destroys himself. 33 He will get a beating and dishonor, and his disgrace will never be removed.”
Adultery and marital faithfulness cause intense pain. It is ironic that Satan bills it as pleasurable. It destroys those who participate.
- We live in a culture that invites and incites us to sin. Overcoming sin starts from within.
- Sin desires to master us, but we must master it.
- All of the counsel in Proverbs 6 points to the waywardness of our flesh. But we can choose to walk in the Spirit.
- James 4:7 reminds us of how we can resist sin: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
- We have to be under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be able to please God.
- May we hate what He hates and love what He loves and live our lives free from the enslavement of sin!
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Day #180: Proverbs 6
Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 6:16-19
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