A lot of Christians can be so quick to point out the things they think God hates in other people. Then Christians get mad when the people are defensive or hurt or run further from Christianity.
We are ALL made of mud. When a Christian is called out, though, or has felt judged by others, we also put up a defense and use the Don't-Judge-Me card. Maybe even going as far as telling someone to look at the log in their own eye and not the speck in theirs. But have we, as Christians, ACTUALLY done what we tell others to do and looked at our own logs in our eyes?
Here's the point. If we are so busy pointing fingers at other people about what God hates then we won't even realize the ugly detestable things within us. Here is a perfect guideline to really take an introspective look at the condition of your own heart. These are pulled out of Proverbs 6: 16-19.
Six, things God hates, yes seven actually are detestable to Him. Before you go and think of other people, remember this is for YOU, for ME, for us as believers.
1. HAUGHTY EYES.
Haughty who what? Haughty means arrogant. The Message Bible says eyes that are arrogant. You see someone and you think you're better than them. Christians fall into this trap so SO easily. We look at people and if they don't conform to our standards our eyes can become arrogant toward them if we aren't careful. Being a Christian doesn't give us a reason to think of ourselves as better than anyone. Period.
2. A LYING TONGUE.
This one's pretty simple we all know what a lie is. God says He hates it. Do you lie? What about tell half truths or leave parts of stories out? That tongue is lying. Next time you or I tells a half truth the Spirit is going to let us know.
We look at people and, if they don't conform to our standards, our eyes can become arrogant toward them if we aren't careful.
3. HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD.
Look, silence is acceptance. That's all that needs said.
4. A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED SCHEMES.
Manipulation, plotting to do something unproductive, plotting to hurt someone. Take notice, this is important, it does not say DOING wicked scheme's. It says a heart that plots them. I know that when someone has hurt me or done me really wrong, sometimes it hurts so bad I want to get them back. So I run through all the words I could say, all the things I could do to get them back for hurting me. I never actually do it. But my heart already plotted it. God hates that. He hates the plotting of wicked things in your heart.
5. FEET THAT ARE QUICK TO RUN TO EVIL.
This is why Christians have to have their feet planted firmly in Jesus and firmly in the Word. If your feet aren't in the Foundation they will run after all sorts of evil.
6. A FALSE WITNESS WHO UTTERS LIES.
I have seen this in Church. People who are supposed to be Christians. My friends, fellow believers, don't lie on other people. Being a false witness and uttering lies could even mean at work when you place blame on someone else for a mistake when you know you should take responsibility. Or saying you had permission to do something when you know you didn't. False witness doesn't only apply in the court room.
7. ONE WHO SPREADS STRIFE AMONGST BROTHERS.
Gossip: telling someone's business to a third party with the intent of swaying their view of them. This is not ok. It is spreading strife. And God hates it. Let people make their own assessment of others. Your job is to be at peace with others so far as it depends on you.
Gossip: telling someone's business to a third party with the intent of swaying their view of them. It is not ok. It is spreading strife. Let people make their own assessment of others.
Proverbs 6 goes on in the next part to say if we keep these teachings, when we walk they will guide us and when we sleep they watch over us, and lastly when we awake they will talk to us.
Our responsibility is to tend to our own heart’s condition and our own relationship with God. Our other responsibility is to love other people, even non-believers, in whatever capacity God gives you. These two responsibilities alone leave no room for pointing fingers at other people.
Introspective. Jesus says it's the inside of OUR cup He is concerned with, not what we see on the outside of others.