“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.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV
Life can be bumpy.
We go out in the world and we encounter people who are just itching for a fight. They will go so far as to twist words to bring about the conflict. It is as if they are addicted to drama. The passage above appears to be the state of affairs in the world: It is everywhere, sadly it is also represented in the church.
The proud look.
So many of us allow ourselves to be puffed up. As our lives are cleaned up, we seem to forget that it is God that does the cleaning. Without Him we are sinners bound for hell. I beginning of my walk, I was filled with piety and walked about holier than thou. I was until God brought brokenness into my life that I became a more effective witness.
The world views us as believers thinking we are better than everyone else. In reality we are just as broken and like them, in need of a savior.
There are many lying tongues in church. How often we say we are to pray for someone and don’t do it. I was often convicted of this and learned to make it a practice of praying people on the spot. It felt awkward at first, but I became more comfortable. In the prayer chair the messages are a reminder, an organizer. Prayer is one of the most awesome aspects of being a Christian. We have access to the God of the Universe!
Most of the people reading this are not likely to shed innocent blood. There churches and self professed believers, however, who support practices that are precisely that: the shedding of innocent blood. I can’t imagine anyone claiming to a believer in Jesus affirming such practices.
I have learned through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to look for the best in people. Seldom do we know what is going on in another’s life. There must be empathy.
Sometimes it means suffering a loss of reputation. I am comforted by the fact that God knows me. Regardless of others may say He knows my coming and going.
The lost are experts on Christians. They know when we are not representing the Savior who died for us. They see the judgements we rain down on others and each other.
We should be known by our love. The greatest expression of that love is remembering that we are all work in progress.