God's Top Seven List

“There are six things the LORD hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”  Proverbs 6:16-19

Have you ever studied this list of things God hates? Take a minute to go back and read each item slowly. If we want to understand what God loves, we have to understand what He hates. God is the definition of perfect love and joy. But He also hates sin--especially the things on this list. Notice that two of the items are very similar and have to do with dishonesty. Lying is so repulsive to God that he included it twice in his Top Seven list of evils.

God is Truth (John 14:6, 17:17), so anything less than truth is abhorrent to Him.  Embellishing facts, slandering others, or selfishly manipulating situations are all contrary to the nature of God. It’s all dishonesty and God won’t tolerate it. Lying breaks unity with God because it shatters truth. Lying breaks unity with others because it shatters trust. Whether in marriage, a friendship, or the church, trust is the bedrock of relationship. Without honesty, there is no unity.

How honest are you? Have you considered that every time you veer from the truth, you are creating a gulf between yourself and God? 

                               Read Revelation 21:8 to discover the end result of 
                                                           unrepentant lying.  


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