Carola is a Christian writer and author of several books. She writes about Christian living, relationships, and other related topics.
In ancient Israel, Saul seemed to have everything he needed to be an effective king. He was good-looking and a head taller than anyone else. God's anointing was upon Saul, and the king had the gift of prophecy. However, as Saul’s life went on, he demonstrated many of the traits that God hates, especially when Saul dealt with his successor, David. God rejected Saul as a result. (1 Samuel - 2 Samuel)
There is a list of what God hates in Proverbs 6:16-19. God is grieved when people filled with pride harm others who are innocent of wrongdoing. These behaviors are the opposite of the command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God loves individuals, especially if they are foreigners, fatherless, or widows, and is angry when they are hurt. (Jeremiah 22:2)
Why God Hates These Seven Things
Here are the reasons why some attitudes and behavior made the top of God’s hate list.
1. Haughty Eyes
The term “haughty” generally refers to the qualities associated with pride such as snobbery, disdainfulness, and condescension. The proud think they are superior to other people and are entitled to special treatment. God detests all of those who are arrogant. Pride comes from the world and not from God. Pride stirs up strife and leads to destruction. (Proverbs 8:13, 16:5, Jeremiah 22:2)
Saul’s pride was hurt when the Israelites celebrated military victories by shouting, ““Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” His pride, fear, and jealousy lead Saul to plot to kill David.
God wants his people to be humble and loving toward others. God shows favor to the humble and oppressed. (Proverbs 13:10, 16:18, 33-34, 1 John 2:16)
2. A Lying Tongue
When God held King Saul accountable for his disobedience to His commands, Saul lied and tried to put a positive spin on his actions.
People lie for the wrong reasons such as:
- Avoiding accepting responsibility for their actions by denying that they were the culprits
- Shifting blame from themselves to another person or situation
- Getting someone else in trouble
- Taking vengeance
- Prompting people to make the wrong decisions such as encouraging them to invest in dubious financial schemes that are too good to be true
- Manipulating and exploiting others
- Concealing their hatred and contempt for others
Liars hate the people they hurt -- often smiling to their faces while they are harming them. Liars last only a moment until they are found out, but truthful lips go on forever. God will bring liars down to everlasting ruin, and the fortune they made by lying will disappear like a fleeting vapor. (Psalm 52:3-5, Proverbs 12:19, 21:6, 26:28).
God wants us to seek and speak the truth from our hearts. The truth sets us free. If we want to live a Christian life, we must keep our tongues from evil and not tell falsehoods. (Psalm 15:2, 10:18, 34: 12-14).
3. Hands That Shed Innocent Blood
David was a musician who soothed the king with his music. David had done nothing to harm Saul. Despite that, King Saul was so driven by jealousy and the fear of losing his position to David that Saul plotted to kill David.
Some people deliberately plot against others who are innocent of wrongdoing. God hates seeing victims suffer at the hands of offenders who want to harm them. Innocent bystanders who are in the wrong place at the wrong time also can get hurt.
4. A Heart That Devises Wicked Schemes
While David was on the run, he had an opportunity to kill King Saul but did not take it. Instead, David cut a piece of Saul’s robe to prove that he had the chance to harm Saul but refused to do it. Saul was repentant at first when David confronted him but continued to plot against David.
Wicked people conspire to harm others, loving evil rather than good. The Bible says they unexpectedly sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows at the innocent. God calls the people who plot the destruction of others a disgrace. (Psalm 52:1-36,4:2-4)
We Christians should be planning how we will help others rather than plotting their downfall. We need to do good to others and help them if we can. (Romans 12:21, Galatians 6:9-10)
5. Feet That Are Quick to Rush Into Evil
These people fall into several categories. Fools love to plot wicked schemes and are quick to start a quarrel. They do not control their tongues and sometimes hang out with people that will get them into trouble. (Proverbs 10:23,14:17)
Anger can drive people to do evil things. Saul was angry that David was his successor and a public figure the Israelites loved and respected. Out-of-control emotions can provoke arguments and violent plots of revenge. (Proverbs 20:3)
Evildoers can be psychopaths, narcissists, sadists who delight in being mean and cruel to others. They do not understand what is right. Their ways will lead to their destruction. (Psalm 1:6, Proverbs 28:5)
6. A False Witness Who Pours Out Lies
One of the ten commandments is: Do not bear false witness against our neighbor. When people lie, the Bible says the effects are like a club, sword, or sharp arrow. False testimony can ruin relationships, reputations, and lives. Rumors and gossip can break up marriages and disrupt the workplace. (Exodus 20:16, Proverbs 25:18)
7. A Person Who Stirs Up Conflict in The Community
One way people stir up conflict is to spread malicious gossip and spread rumors. Fools, evildoers, and people who lack self-control love to stir up trouble. They do not care about who they hurt. Lies and misinformation can also cause trouble. (Proverbs 20:3)
How to Avoid the Things God Hates
These seven issues involve hurting other people by lying, stirring up strife, spreading rumors, damaging reputations, and other hurtful behavior. Pride provokes some people to try to destroy others as Saul did. They all come to a bad end. Sadly, Saul kept on doing harm and sinning against man and God. He ended up killing himself after being critically wounded on a battlefield.
Doing the things God hates are sins that separate us from God and destroy our relationship with Him. He wants us to show Christ-like love and care for people who are poor, weak, or in prison. God cares about weak and innocent people who are grieving and afflicted. We should be loving and assisting them, too. (Psalm 10:14-18)
Holy Bible, New International Version
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