Today I'd like to just touch on a few things that God has allowed us to know about Him. Yes... allowed. We all want to know God. But the miracle is that God wants us to know Him.. and wants us to know that He knows us. Go figure. Why would God even care about having a relationship with us? He just does. He just does.
When you were first dating your husband, or when you were newly married, you took note of what your husband liked because you wanted to please him. (Hopefully he was doing the same thing - wanting to please you). It's human nature that when we love someone, or have a friendship with someone, we want to know that person. The other side of wanting to please your husband also included knowing what he DIDN'T LIKE. You may have learned little things like: he loves steak - he hates it cooked well-done; he loves to watch football games - he hates when anyone tries to have a conversation about something while the game is on. (Hint, hint honey). You get what I mean.
When it comes to God we know that He is love. We know that when we put our faith in His Son, Jesus, we are clean and forgiven and without fear of anyone condemning us. We know that HE LOVES US. HE ADORES US. HE IS PLEASED WITH US utterly and completely. Having said that, having put that in there so that you don't think Mrs. Older has become Mrs. Legalistic Church Lady...I thought it would be interesting to know what God doesn't like. To please Him more? He is pleased with you because of Jesus. To know Him more? Yup.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says this:
"Here are six things the Lord hates - no, seven things he detests:
(1) haughty eyes; (2) a lying tongue; (3) hands that kill the innocent; (4) a heart that plots evil; (5) feet that race to do wrong, (6)a false witness who pours out lies; (7)a person who sows discord in a family.
You know... I could write a million words about each one. Maybe I will in the future. Talk about those haughty eyes that look down on others and the woman who sees herself as better than others.. oh yes.. we all know her....but... I will control myself.... and.. just talk about the last one of seven:
Have you ever noticed, or thought about the truth that God despises when a person "sows discord in a family." Yes dear woman of God, as you talk against your sister-in-law, or your sister... your mother-in-law, or brother... you are sowing discord. God hates that. Did you realize that? It's true. God cares about family unity.
I notice that the Bible uses the word "sows". It gives a picture of someone who spreads tiny seeds of discord. Small little seeds.. a sentence here.. a big deal over nothing there...
These seeds of discord.. they are sown in a way... they divide in a way that isn't noticed at first. And then comes the horrible harvest. A family has been divided.
God despises this.
AM I SAYING HE DOESN'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE?
AM I SAYING YOU ARE NOT HIS CHILD ANYMORE?
AM I BEING "LEGALISTIC LOUISE" WHO IS MAKING YOU FEEL CONDEMNED?
I PRAY NOT.
I AM simply giving you a perspective as the holidays approach.. and for all year...
GOD HATES (yes.. the word is hate) and despises (yes.. it's a type of abomination to Him)
when you DIVIDE your family. HE HATES when some kind of disagreement causes ONE FAMILY MEMBER to separate from another.
GOD hates and despises division.
In HIS family. And in YOUR FAMILY.
Remember this as you prepare for the holidays.
Remember this as someone makes a big deal out of something small.
Talking behind someone's back - a family member - is no big deal to many of us.. but...
It's something God HATES.
Don't. Do. It.
"Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord."
Hebrews 12:14Just sayin'
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