“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
I remember a time when there were limits, societally agreed upon boundaries where people did not go beyond. Even in warfare there were rules for how the enemy was treated. Humanity seemed to understand that there was a place where no one wanted to go. Today, there are no limits. I have seen young men beating and attacking elderly people, children, women killing children entrusted to their care. There is legistlation in many states where legal abortion is being pushed to time of birth. It is conceivable, that a mother could decide to kill her baby seconds before it is born. We are living in a time when evil has no limit.
In my reading, I happened upon the passage in Proverbs, chapter six. It is a description of the times we are living in, as it seems to have become a badge of honor to represent all of the traits listed. They have become the values of our society. All the politicians do them, the media does them. Sadly, many pastors and self-professing Christians do the things that God hates. When I consider the times we are living in, I am amazed that God has not judged all the earth. I suspect that is coming soon.
As a christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, I am painfully aware of my own propensity to practice the things that God hates. Though, I have not shed innocent blood, I have used words like knives to kill the souls of others. I hope I never find out how many i have turned from the good news of the Gospel, by my words.
I am repulsed when I realize that I am too much like the devil, and not enough like Jesus when I do those things. I seek the Lord to help me to root out the evil within me, that my words and my actions glorify the Lord. I am an ambassodor of Christ, bringing the message of the Gospel to a lost world. I must reflect Jesus.
In Christian life, it is easy to find ourselves slipping into evil doings. We interact with a wide variety of people, many vastly different from ourselves. Today the mission field that we are working in, features people who have experienced life in a world with no boundaries, and grace is needed. We have to turn from the things that God hates, and show God’s love.
One major area that I think is causing much difficulty in the Church is our tendency to sow discord amongst each other. During these last months of COVID-19 and racial strife, I have seen brothers and sisters square off over the wearing of masks, over political views, over various and multiplying conspiracies, and a host of other things. I see the distraction that it causes, as so many are focusing on everything except Jesus. I myself have been criticized when I proclaim the preeminance of Christ in my day to day life.
We are living in the last days.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us show the glory of the God of the Universe in earthen vessels. I think God has given us a time limit, and it is running out. Let us show the love and the joy of Jesus in the fallen world, desperately seeking salvation.
Let us walk in the Spirit, day in and day out, let us show the love of Christ. May our fruit be apparent for all to see.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV
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