What Does God Hate?

by Jay Fannin on July 28, 2021

     Almost every one of us were taught at an early age that the word hate should not be used. When we think about God, the idea of him hating something is lost in his love for His creation. However, scripture clearly teaches that He does hate some things. In Proverbs 6 there is a list of six things the LORD hates: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that makes haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. I learned a long time ago that if you want to be close to someone, you need to avoid the things that person hates. This is equally true with our relationship with God. The items listed in Proverbs 6 revolve around pride, lying, murder, love for evil, and creating division. In 1 John 2, John also points out that God hates a love for this world. This is not that we are to avoiding loving God’s creation, but we should not love the things of this world that are distorted by the evil one, Satan. Verse 15 tells us not to love the world or the things in the world and if we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us. I would hope that any of us would strive to avoid anything that caused the love of the Father to not be in us. This love for the world and the things of this world is spelled out further in verse 16. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. The desires of the flesh appeal to our appetites. Our flesh and our appetites are not inherently good or evil, but what we do with our flesh and our pursuits that make them contrary to God. The desires of the eyes appeal to our affections. Our eyes are created by God, but like the flesh, what we choose to look at and take into our hearts and minds create in us evil intentions and desires. The pride of possessions appeal to our ambitions. If we choose to chase after vainglory, we are missing our purpose of bringing God glory. Our boast should be in the Lord and all that He as done. These desires and pride fill us with the things of this world.
     How do we avoid this and fill our lives with the things of God? Well, the answer is not anything groundbreaking, but actually something that is basic to our faith in God. We need to spend time learning and knowing God’s Word. His Word provides for us the necessary tool and understanding to chase after Christ instead of things of this world. Psalms is the longest book in the Bible. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in Psalms and the Bible. All but two of the 176 verses found in Psalm 119 refer directly to God’s Word. This should help us to see the need to develop a better knowledge of what scripture says and how to apply it. Find a translation that is easy to read and easy to understand. Make sure that translation you choose is a word for word translation instead of a thought for thought or paraphrase. Studying God’s Word is something we need to take seriously and reading an accurate translation is key to better understanding what it said from the beginning. When you read God’s Word, try to read it in bite size chunks so that you can ask what the passage is saying and how to apply that passage to your life. Scripture is living and active and is relevant to our daily lives. Reading in smaller portions so that you can better understand it will provide you with a better understanding of how to apply it and put it into action. God hates the things of this world, but He loves His Word and we should spend more time in it to live out His Will and Way regularly.

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