6 Things the Bible Tells Us God Absolutely Hates — and Why It Matters By Billy Hallowell for Faith Wire
With a new year upon us, some people might be going through the typical process of reassessing patterns and behaviors, using January to reboot, goal-set, and get their lives in more palatable order.
While many believers looking to improve personality traits are prone to focus on the fruit of the spirit detailed in Galatians, a section of Proverbs 6 is an amalgam of jolting, convicting, and eye-opening, and it shouldn’t be ignored.
These verses serve as a Scriptural gut-check worthy of being reflected upon by every believer in any and all seasons. Rather than offering a set of positive parameters, Proverbs 6:16-19 details the “six things the Lord hates.”
That bold and blatant language makes it clear these sentiments and actions are items to totally avoid in our lives. Here’s what these verses proclaim:
“There are six things 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.”
Let’s briefly look at each of these to explore why God might loathe these characteristics:
Haughty eyes refers to a “proud look.” This is when someone is looking down on others or overtaken by pride. It’s no secret in Scripture the Lord isn’t a big fan of pride, as He calls His people to humility.
Beyond that, every man, woman, and child is made in the image of God.
So, having “haughty” or prideful eyes is something the Lord detests. With that in mind, it’s never a bad time to do a self-assessment to be sure you’re living with humility and avoiding arrogance, especially regarding your interactions with others.