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Week in Proverbs: God Don't Like Ugly

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 New Living Translation (NLT)

As we strive to live in ways that are pleasing to God, we need to know what is displeasing to Him. Our Heavenly Father, who is Himself Love, detests evil. It is against His character. In order to reconcile mankind to His love, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to show us what He likes and what He does not like. Jesus gave His life so that we may receive forgiveness for being people God does not like and He rose from the grave to lead the way for us to be people God will receive in His coming Kingdom.

We would like to think of God loving everybody the same and indeed He does, but He desires that we all turn from doing things He hates. What God did through Jesus Christ was to love us enough to give us a way out. Through Christ's death on the cross for our sin, we now have a chance to change and be transformed into His likeness to prepare us for His Kingdom. We have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to help us to turn from our ways that do not please God. In Proverbs, Solomon's description of the things we do that God hates come from one place: our hearts. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit will come in like a cleaning crew as He abides in our hearts! God already knows we cannot do this job alone, but He requires our faith and belief that it is He who cleans up our mess. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 KJV

All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:3 NLT

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