Proverbs 6-7, 2 Corinthians 2 • Key Verse: Proverbs 6:16
“God is love,” says 1 John 4:8. We like that. It is comforting like a warm blanket on a chilly night. But like a rock dropped into the stillness of a pond are the words “God hates.” The ripples that result disturb the tranquility of the waters surface. Our minds are jolted to a reality that too often we want to ignore.
God is love, but there are things He hates. This really ought to catch our attention! We should sit up and take notice when the One who loves us so much that He would give His Son to die for us says in His Word that there are things He hates, “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him” (6:16).
This does not mean there are only six or seven things God objects to. Hebrew poetry uses a phrase like this to indicate that these are definitely on the list! It is like the flashing lights at a railroad crossing,; saying, “Look out!”
Included in the list is “a man who stirs up dissension among brothers” (v. 19). Earlier in the chapter this person is described as one “who plots evil with deceit in his heart” (v. 14). His mouth, his winking, even his body language bring about alienation and conflict.
God hates this. That should be enough to keep us from causing dissension, but sadly we know that dissension can be found even among the people of God, Consider your words and what you do, Is your heart set on causing conflict?
_The heart of Christianity is reconciliation—-first of all to God! And we are to be people, reconciled to one another. Examine you heart. Are you by words or deed sowing seeds of dissension?_
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett