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Does God hate?

By Pastor Russ Gaar
Evangelical Free Church, Grant

Here is a question for you:  Does God hate? Perhaps one of the most well-known truths from the Bible is that “God is love,” from 1 John 4:8.
How can a loving God hate?  In Proverbs 6:16-19, we read that God does indeed hate. Solomon lists seven things that God does indeed hate. Can this be a good thing?
Proverbs 6:16-19—“16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”              Note the seven things that God hates. God feels strongly about these things; these are not good things! These are things that keep us from being who God wants us to be.
God hates our pride! The term “haughty eyes” is the outward manifestation of a person so full of themselves that they literally look down their noses at others.  
God hates our pride! James 4:6—“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Amy Carmichael wrote: “Those who think too much of themselves don’t think enough!” Pride is making an idol out of Self.  
Are you guilty of making yourself the object of your worship and affection?  God hates this!
God hates our lies! Proverbs 12:22—“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”
Lies are in contrast to acting faithfully—meaning: you act in accordance with truth. God loves the truth; therefore, God hates all lies!  
Are you guilty of skirting the truth, even outright lying?  God hates this!
God hates our violence! God created and sustains life and God is compassionate when life is faint and struggling.          Isaiah 42:3—“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”  This is our God!  He created humanity in His image.  Therefore, to have disregard for someone’s life is to have a disregard for God Himself!  
Are you guilty of violent anger, words of insult, actual physical violence? God hates this!
God hates our pondering sin! Solomon says God hates “a heart that devises wicked plans.” God hates when we savor sinful things in our mind.  
That is why the Bible tells us (Psalm 119:11)—“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  God’s Word tells us to ponder God and His ways so that we might internalize them. God wants us to battle (fight) to love what He loves (righteousness) and to hate what He hates (sin).  
Have you allowed yourself to ponder and even enjoy sinful practices?  God hates this!
God hates our determination to sin! God hates “feet that make haste to run to evil.” Self-control is not in vogue in today’s world. What is in vogue is to live out whatever you “feel” is right. If it feels good do it!  
But often what feels good is not actually good in God’s eyes. God is determined that His people live according to righteousness (found in His Word); therefore, He hates when we are determined to live according to our own version of morality and good.  
Are you determined to do what you want, when you want even if it goes against God’s revealed Word? God hates this!
God hates our false accusations!  The LORD hates “a false witness who breathes out lies.”  God wants His people careful with our thoughts and our words. We are quick to judge people and then slander them.  
Are you in the habit of talking about people behind their back? God hates this!
God hates our stirring up conflict! The Lord hates “one who sows discord among brothers.” God hates the sin of showing no concern for others, having a disregard for others.  
When we stir up conflict, we demonstrate a heart of hate!  
1 John 4:11—“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” God wants no one in His family stirring up discord. Are you guilty of stirring up trouble by your words or your actions? God hates this!
So, Does God hate? Yes! In summary, God hates it when I live it for me, rather than for God!  Think about this.
When life revolves around me: I’m full of pride, lying, and anger which leads to violence; I tend to ponder evil, rather than righteousness, I become determined to satisfy my own self-centered bent, and I relish talking about others and stirring up conflict.
That is the unfortunate truth! And, that is called sin.  
God cares deeply about each one of us; He is for us! Yet, in His holiness, He cannot help but hate the evil in our lives that keeps us from a relationship with Him! In fact, God is so against sin and evil that He sent His only Son to die for us and pay the penalty for our sin and to show us another way to live.  
Jesus lived the life that God loves! May we embrace Jesus in faith so that we might have a relationship with the God of love, who hates anything that stands in the way of our knowing Him.
May we look to our God and love what He loves, hate what He hates.