Everyday Life

Proverbs 6:16-19 CSB

[16] The LORD hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him: [17] arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, [19] a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

Clear blue skies, what a beauty to behold. With the sun shining so brilliantly one would think it to be warm, but here where I live and in this winter month, it is only so if one is standing inside a building by a window where the sun shines through. Things are not always what they seem.

As I was reading Proverbs 6, verses 16 – 19 caught my attention. Seven detestable things to the Lord … I began to ponder on these verses and I realized it is so easy to read these verses and think they do not pertain to me. Holy Spirit showed me how all of these 7 sins God hates seem so distant at first glance but on closer inspection are really everyday sins of which we need to be aware.

Arrogant eyes (vs 17) – looking down on someone thinking they have such bondage, when in fact I am the one in greater bondage.

A lying tongue (vs 17) – a “white lie” or partial truth is a lie. Leaving out a few little details so I do not look so bad is equivalent to a full-blown lie. Lying is the language of the devil.

Hands that shed innocent blood (vs 17) – even hating someone is like murder in God’s eyes (1 John 3:15). When I speak slander against another I am assassinating their character with my words.

A heart that plots wicked schemes (vs 18) – looking for loopholes to save money.

Feet eager to run to evil (vs 18) – not even being willing to fight temptation and simply giving in to fleshly desires.

A lying witness who gives false testimony (vs 19) – a small deviation from the truth to avoid a fine or blaming it on someone else.

One who stirs up trouble among brothers (vs 19) – how easy to tell a little truth about someone, spread a little gossip to get even for unjust treatment.

Each and every one of these 7 detestable things is so subtle in everyday life. Does this resonate with you or am I alone in this?

While God does not want us to sit in condemnation, He also reminds us purity is strength and sinfulness is weakness. Let’s check the motives of our hearts and walk in His purity and be strong in the Lord and close to Him.

Dear One, As Holy Spirit has reminded me, I remind you: in His presence you are strong and bold, and with His grace you can leave the things which so easily ensnare you. Take time daily to sit in His presence and practice listening to Him, asking Him what word He has for you, and becoming more and more like Him. He longs to enjoy your company and be strong for you (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Blessings of purity and strength to you

In Christ,

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