There are six things which the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. (Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV)
So, among the list of seven things God finds detestable in Proverbs 6, I’m guilty of every one of them. I’ve lied outright and have withheld the truth deceptively. My pride has caused me to look down on and judge others. I’ve gossiped and criticized which certainly spread strife (just ask my kids). In my heart, I’ve wanted evil to come those who’ve hurt me. And, when I was young, there were times my rage was violent.
My sins against God and others are undeniable. I understand more clearly the fear of God when I am brutally honest with myself. God is truly justified in condemning me to death. I find myself crying out with Paul, when he says:
What a wretched man (woman) I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? (Romans 7:24 NIV)
This is when I am overwhelmed by the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ. Romans 7:25 says, thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
I am thankful my identity is not based on my actions, but on Jesus’. He satisfied God’s law on my behalf, and is transforming me daily by his Spirit and his word. I now agree with God in calling sin abominable, and desire instead to walk in righteousness – there’s that word again.
Hebrews 4:12 tells me God’s word (the Bible) is alive and active and judges the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. When convicted, I’m called to confess and repent and trust God to do the work of sanctification in my life.
In response I can only say, Oh Lord, thank you, thank you and so be it.
What’s your response?