My friend, Sue, posted something interesting on Facebook yesterday and it has inspired this post. Her post included the verses from Proverbs 6:16-19 and it lists 7 things that God considers to be an abomination. What really struck me is that all of these are prevalent in our society today.
Having a clear understanding about what these things are will enable us, as God’s children, to develop a closer relationship with Him.
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,
– a false witness who breathes out lies,
– and one who sows discord among brothers.
7 Things that are an Abomination to God
1. Haughty Eyes
The word haughty comes from an old Anglo-French word, haut, which means “high,” and which comes from the Latin word altus, from which we get our word altitude. Keeping that in mind, haughty eyes are the kind of eyes that look down at other people.
Therefore, someone with haughty eyes is a person that prideful, arrogant and looks down on other people. There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that addresses being prideful; here are a few of them:
We should seek to be more Christ-like and not consider ourselves to be better than other people. Thinking that we are above others is something that God considers to be an abomination.
Pride keeps so many people away from Christ today. What will my friends say? What will my family think? Will my reputation be affected if I become a Christian?
2. A Lying Tongue
Why is God so adamantly opposed to lying? Because it’s so destructive. In the book of Proverbs we’re told, “Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18)
God hates lying because He is the source of all truth. identified as “the father of lies” (John 8:44 NLT). It is very clear that God is truth, and Satan is the father of lies. Therefore when we lie, we are behaving more like the children of the devil than the children of God.
3. Hands that Shed Innocent Blood
This one is pretty straight forward since the sixth commandment is. Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13). Because life originated with God, human life is sacred, something which is to be preserved and not destroyed.
In light of our current events, it is easy to think that God is not very happy with the way things are going right now. As each day brings us new reports of many murders, I am sure that God will bring forth His wrath for this.
4. A Heart that Devises Wicked Plans
Have you ever read or heard of some act of real-life wickedness and wondered, what kind of a mind imagined that? Where do these wicken thoughts and ideas come from?
Biblical scripture makes it clear that the human heart is basically wicked. God’s hatred of such wicked intentions is equally clear, for one of the seven things that the Lord specifically hates is “a heart that devises wicked plans” (Proverbs 6:18).
Solomon wrote, “Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer” (Proverbs 24:8), and if we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that we plan evil more often that we would like to admit.
When we think of “a heart that devises wicked plans,” we might be tempted to think of deliberately planning a scheme that will harm others—and that is certainly an application of this. But it can actually be much less obvious on the surface. If you purposefully seek to oppose God’s commandments and try to avoid His Will for your life, you are devising a wicked plan. Since any plan that goes against God is considered to be wicked.
To avoid the abomination of devising wicked plans, follow these steps:
- Always seek God’s will when making plans
- Seek counsel from men and women of God
- Deliberately set your mind on righteous things
- Seek to be more like Jesus Christ
5. Feet that Make Haste to Run to Evil
This is not talking about people that accidentally stumble upon evil or sin, but instead of people that have an eagerness to be involved in sinful things.
Solomon speaks of some of these people in Proverbs 1:10–19, as he tells of a group of men who lie in wait to ambush and attack passersby in order to rob them. They resort to open violence in their eagerness to run to evil.
We are familiar with such eagerness for open wickedness in the times in which we live. The news and social media is full of stories of people that are seeking opportunities to pursue evil doing.
The solution for falling into the abomination of running to evil is to fear God, deal swiftly with evil as it confronts you, be careful who you associate with and think before you act or speak.
6. A False Witness Who Breathes Out Lies
You may be thinking that this is a repeat of number one on this list but there is a very important difference in the two. This one concerns lies that are told about other people rather than lies in general.
There are several ways to be a false witness. One way to to give false testimony about a person in a court of law. Although it may not have the significant consequences of lying in court, being a false witness can also be accomplished by spreading rumors about someone. You are also considered a false witness if you do not correct rumors that you know are untrue.
7. One Who Sows Discord Among Brothers
This last thing that is an abomination to God actually includes all of the previous 6 things. You cannot be a person who sows discord among people without taking part of these other 6 things.
Unchecked discord will continue to flourish and be destructive until it is stopped. For example, a person that sows discord within a church will continue to create chaos and many times, it will destroy the church.
Discord can grow and become a cancer to a community, church or family. I think we can probably all think of some current news stories in which people are sowing discord within our society. This is so prevalent today that it is easy to understand why God considers this an abomination.
While reading this list of things that are an abomination to God, you are probably surprised to find that you may have done all of them. So, what do you need to do to make things right with God?
- Recognize that you have sinned
- Repent of the sin
- Turn away from the sin
- Ask God for forgiveness
- Admit your wrongdoing to those who may have been injured because of your sin
No matter how guilty you may be, God can forgive you today because Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. Yes, God hates the evil of your heart, but above all, He loves you.