Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Parenting from Proverbs: Hating what the Lord Hates

Proverbs 6:16-19:

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

In striving to follow God, I should not only hate the things He hates, but love the things He loves. As a parent, I have to impress upon my children the same things: to hate what God hates and love what God loves. I’ve heard it said that these things that the Lord hates that are mentioned in Proverbs 6:16-19 are in contrast to things that God loves. I think this observation is right on point. For example, God hates a lying tongue because He loves the truth, and He hates hands that shed innocent blood because He loves life. Often in the world today, the things we ought to love according to God’s Word are confused with the things that we ought to hate. This is why, among many reasons, it is important to study God’s Word and to teach my children about God’s Word.

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