In Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: Today let us each examine each one of them and see just which one are we. I know some people will probably say that they are neither one, but I beg to differ because per God’s word for all have sin and fallen short of the glory of God.
Often, we read this verse and we move ahead to the next verses without giving it any thought about it. And I will be the first to say I do that at times, but when I come to verses like these where it talks about what God hates. I understand how merciful God is I also understand that God does not and will not ever put up with foolishness. He will not be mocked! It’s a sad thing when a person thinks that they are without sin.
1. A proud look – exalted eyes; those who will not condescend to look on the rest of mankind.
2. A lying tongue – he who neither loves nor tells truth.
3. Hands that shed innocent blood
4. A heart that devised wicked imaginations – the heart that fabricates such, lays the foundation, builds upon it, and completes the superstructure of iniquity
5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief – he who works iniquity with greediness.
6. A false witness that speaketh lies – one who, even on his oath before a court of justice, tells anything but the truth.
Seven are an abomination unto him – “to his soul.” The seventh is, he that soweth discord among brethren – he who troubles the peace of a family, of a village, of the state; all who, by lies and misrepresentations, strive to make men’s minds evil-affected towards their brethren.
Proverbs 14:12 says” There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Sadly, enough we are creatures of habits we prefer comfort over truth. I don’t think it’s a struggle for one to tell the truth I do believe it’s because we don’t know what truth really is. Our perception of truth is distorted by our own intellect.
Comfort makes us feel superior we are liked by others; we have a sense of peace. In other words, we are saying I approve and will go with a lie instead of living in truth. For instance, let’s say your friend asked you what do you think of their cupcakes that they made? You have taken a bite of it and you don’t care much for it, but instead of telling them the truth you rather stay in the comfort zone so you say it was good.
Now I know must of you will probably not agree with this because you are saying right now that you spared their feelings. That’s what I am talking about, you rather lie then be truthful. How is being comfortable helping your relationship with your friend?
In the course of our day we chose comfort over truth every time. Why is that? No matter how you want to justify your actions for comfort you must know that when it comes to the Lord Jesus there are no grey areas in His word. It’s all one-hundred percent truth. Jesus tells us we are to be truthful at all times, no matter what. He even goes to tell us what will happen when we don’t tell the truth.
In my home I learned at an early age to tell the truth, my parents instilled that truth in us, that no matter how bad it might be always tell the truth. In many homes today parents aren’t teaching their children about truth. This is why we have adults who don’t understand what truth is.
I would rather be uncomfortable by the truth then to be comfortable by a lie. Truth causes one to grow, and to mature, without truth your headed down a path of death. It’s the truth that sets us free.