Words from the Heart for Sunday September 10th, 2017

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NRSV)

Seven Things

Many lives and families have been damaged greatly by the seven things on this list. Remember, this list is not just good advice or good manners. Rather, this is a list that tells us what is despised by God. Let’s choose His ways instead.

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For some reason the term Seven Sisters is common in Canada. In Manitoba, near Pinawa, you will find Seven Sisters Falls. The Provincial Park that is nearby offers a scenic view of the hydro electric dam at Seven Sisters Falls and is a popular spot in the winter for both cross country skiing and off trail snowshoeing. British Columbia is home to Seven Sisters Provincial Park. Located near Hazelton, the park is named for the view it offers of the spectacular set of peaks that bear the same name.

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In Christian circles these days we often speak of God’s love for people and stand on the good promises He gives to those whose lives have been transformed by His grace. It is very true that God loves us dearly and it is His love that drove Him to provide Jesus as our Saviour. But the Bible also speaks of those things that God hates. Solomon speaks of these things in Proverbs 6:16-19: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.” Our God is perfect justice. He detests – hates – actions that bring harm to another. The seven things listed in this verse all do that – they damage lives and relationships. One day He will deal with people justly who do these acts. Those of us who love the Lord Jesus and have experienced His grace are called to act lovingly and justly towards others.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley