I find solace in this as well as a chance for introspection. See, this one used to be such a finger-pointer for me. I can see so easily in others when they do the seven things the Lord hates.
There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
But I am guilty, too.
I have looked down on others, put myself above them with my education or morals or work ethic. I have told fibs, which I may believe to be harmless but could possibly hurt others. I do not consider myself a liar and hold quite tightly to the belief that I am one of the most honest people, even to a fault, that I know. Which takes us back up to the first point. While I have never committed murder with my hands, I have hated in my heart, which Christ said was another way to kill someone. Isn’t that a freaking eye-opener! I am not a vengeful person. I do not plan revenge. I do not race to do wrong but there are times where I should have raced to do good. I should not stand back as often as I do and wait to witness the falling out of those who plot evil. I do not lie nor have I slandered, but I have been a victim of such and know how it feels, how it hurts. When discord was sown in my family, I am guilty of not pulling everyone together to put an end to it.
Introspection hurts, folks. What are you thinking on this Thoughtful Thursday in Lent?
I can tell you that the main reason this is one of my favorite passages is that I find solace in knowing that behaviors from others which hurt me so deeply are behaviors that God abhors. I do not need to seek revenge. I do not need to lash out against those who sow discord, lie, plot evil, find joy in causing drama and dissension, or even commit murder.
Want to know why?
Because the Greatest Judge takes umbrage with these as well and He will take care of all His people as He sees fit.
So part of me is a bit vindictive when I say that whether in this life or the next, the evil will get their due. But mainly, I know that God put these people in my path to teach me something, about the world or about myself. I do not claim to fathom His goals and intentions beyond expecting me at my best, seeing me at my worst, and empowering me to empower others. And to lead, when I can, the haughty and the liars and the family members seeking to cause harm, away from that which the Lord hates.
What verse helps you stand up straight in the face of those who would drag you down?