I bet you are surprised by this title, aren't you? I am always talking positive about God and how He loves us and stuff. I ran across this Scripture and felt led to share it.
Proverbs 6: 16-19 says,
"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him:
1. haughty eyes
2. a lying tongue
3. hands that shed innocent blood
4. a heart that devises wicked schemes
5. feet that are quick to rush into evil
6. a false witness who pours out lies and
7. a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
So, there it is in black and white.
Let me break this down for us.
Haughty means "disdainfully proud, snobbish". So I am taking this as God doesn't like us to be full of ourselves.
Lying is a pet peeve of mine, as I posted the other day. God doesn't like it either.
Shedding innocent blood can become tricky. I think of the solider in combat who is ordered to kill.... sometimes he doesn't know if the person is innocent or not. I believe in my heart, that God looks at our hearts and our motives. If we are doing what we are told, and/ or protecting our loved ones, our heart is not killing from evil.
If you sit around and think of how to ruin other people's lives, first of all, you've got too much time on your hands, and second of all, that's not cool with God. Making up evil stuff to hurt others is not how you should be living.
There are people in this world who are evil and enjoy seeing others hurt. They will make up stuff to cause problems. Do not do that.
Lastly, the person who likes to "stir the pot", as my Pastor calls it is doing something that God does not like. Some people are just so miserable that they want everyone around them miserable too. Remember I said "Misery loves company"? Well, that's true. But what a waste of time!
God wants us to be joyful and live a full life. No, we won't always be happy. No, things won't always go our way. However, we can try to stay away from doing these things that God hates.
WRITE THIS DOWN: God DID NOT say He hates homosexuals, porn actors, any one particular race of people, the woman who had an abortion, the person who left their family, homeless people, anyone who ever "sinned", etc. When people spew out hate in God's name, if it is not about one of these things listed, it is wrong.
Whatever you have done, guess what? God STILL loves you! Even if you have lied or killed someone. That's the amazing thing about Him. His love is unending and He forgives and forgets.
Psalm 103: 11 & 12 say this, "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Isaiah 43: 25 says, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
Hebrews 8: 12 says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
I hope this post helps someone today. I think someone needed to hear that God doesn't hate them. He loves you more than any human being on this planet could ever love you.