Things God Hates
1. Haughtiness is when you look at another person with contempt. In other words, you’re looking down on them.
2. Lying is purposefully deceiving someone, usually to protect yourself in some way. Truth is very precious to God. Jesus even called himself the truth (John 14:6).
3. Killing the innocent is the epitome of cruelty. In a boxing match, similarly skilled opponents are put together to see who comes out on top. Picture one opponent bound and gagged and the other opponent using both arms freely. This would be an illustration of killing the innocent—someone who cannot defend themselves.
4. Plotting evil is worse than doing something wrong in the spur of the moment. Both are wrong, but plotting wrongdoing involves in-depth thought on how to hurt others.
5. Racing to do wrong is similar to plotting evil. You are so hell-bent on revenge that you feel like what you’re doing is right.
6. A false witness tells others about another’s character while knowing they are indeed speaking lies.
7. Sowing discord within a group of people is like fanning the flames of a fire. With that same energy, you could have eased tensions but instead, you kept it roaring. God is a God of peace, not discord.
Each item in this list has one thing in common—treating other people wrong. God hates it when we don’t love our neighbor as ourselves. When we do these things, we are thinking solely of ourselves.
Acting selfishly is the reason we step into all kinds of sin. We want what we want, when we want it. And the further we step into that way of thinking, the more likely we are to go even deeper into the things that we once thought of as unthinkable.
There must be a reason, though, why the account of a loving God includes what He hates.
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