These Seven Things
Proverbs 4:5 - Proverbs 11:6
Right in the middle of Proverbs chapter 6 are 6 things that the Lord hates. It's an easy topic to remember...six things in chapter six.
Well, seven actually.
"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him." (Proverbs 6:16)
I will be honest, I was a little nervous to read past that verse. In fact, I had to gear up to read through the list. I just knew there would be things on the list I struggled with.
Sure enough, there were.
Reading through the list gave me a gentle reminder of some areas in my life that might need a little work.
In case you are wondering, here are the six things the Lord doth hate:
1. A Proud look.
2. A lying tongue
3. Hands that shed innocent blood
4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations
5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief
6. A false witness that speaketh lies (ie. slander or gossip)
7. He that soweth discord among brethren.
Immediately I noticed that I needed to keep a close watch on my eyes, my tongue, my hands, my heart, and my feet. But it was the last two that really stood out to me.
It has never occurred to me that one can be called a false witness for spreading gossip, rumors, or slander ––but I agree with that designation. And, I don't ever want to be found in that category. Even by mistake. So I am going to be extra careful from this moment forward ...more careful than I already try to be.
My mind has also been caught up on what it means to sow discord. When we were little my dad would always counsel us not to "stir the pot." That is the first phrase that came to mind when I read the words "soweth discord."
A good definition for discord is lack of harmony. That makes sense to me. Sometimes in my spare time I play the piano. I love learning songs that stretch my ability. But sometimes the level of difficulty within a song will lead to my fingers landing on the wrong notes within a chord. Immediately something sounds wrong. Just that one wrong chord can ruin the entire piece. That is how powerful discord is.
If someone soweth discord, does it mean they continuously plant seeds that cause disharmony within a group? Rather than creating unity, sowing discord can be extremely divisive. It has the power to ruin. To destroy peace.
I don't want to be someone like that, so in order to avoid that thing I must learn the opposite of sowing discord ––in my mind that would be one who spreads harmony.
I am going to try harder to be someone like that.
Seeing how the opposite of something the Lord hates could lead to a quality the Lord would love leads me to wonder...what if we could learn to live the opposite qualities of all the things the Lord doth hate? Would each of those attributes become things the Lord doth love?
1. A humble view
2. A truthful speech
3. Hands that protect and nurture
4. An heart that deviseth wise thoughts
5. Feet that be swift in running to good
6. A true witness that speaketh compliments
7. He that spreads harmony among brethren
Seven areas I need to work on. Seven things I could be better at.
I want to. But just the desire isn't enough.
I am committing to living the opposite of the seven things found in chapter six.