For a reminder of what I’m doing this month, read this post.
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.
The Bible gives us plenty of behaviours that are detestable to God – sinful behaviours that we ought to avoid in our goal of righteousness. This portion of scripture from Proverbs lists only seven of them, but they are certainly common enough to us in modern times. The two that stand out to me as being the most common among believers are the first and last listed.
I believe that pride is something many of us were taught from a young age – that we ought to be proud of what we accomplish in life – but the Bible speaks against even this kind of pride. Being prideful of who we are or what we’ve done is very easy – we think about how our choices seem to be so much better than others, how others have done things we would never stoop to do. But it is through these thoughts that pride turns itself into self-centeredness. Soon, every decision we make is wonderful and amazing and worthy of praise – even when some of these decisions are made without any involvement from God.
As for sowing discord among brothers, we can look at gossip and slander – talking about people negatively behind their backs is a sure-fire way to turn others against them. It is dangerous in families and it is dangerous within the body of Christ – our family of like-minded believers. We should be careful and watch our words when we speak to others.
So what’s a good way to avoid “proud looks” and “sowing discord”? When in doubt, talk about God! Avoid talking about yourself and others as often as possible and talk about what God has done in your life and in the lives of those around you. Is this easy? No. It should be something I remind myself of every day and continue to work on throughout my life, but I fall short many times in each week. But it is something to work up to – what a wonderful thing it would be to have God permeate my speech to the point that I would have no desire to speak highly of myself or lowly of others!
This verse of the day comes from VOTD.