How Does God See Us?
So often we see ourselves different from how the Lord sees us. There are times we have to step back and take an honest look at ourselves to weight how our view of ourselves compares with the Lord’s view of us. Sometimes we get high minded, willful and stubborn. Our attitude becomes anything but Godly. All the while we are thinking our ways are justifiable. Let us take a look at some scripture in Proverbs 6 and look at how we might really measure up against these scriptures.
Proverbs 6: 16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: Definition of Abomination: (disgusting, hateful, disgraceful, detestable acts in the eyes of the Lord) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
- A proud look.
Pride here does not meaning being proud of your family, of something maybe you made with your hands, or feeling good about some accomplishment you have achieved. But pride here is an attitude, a bad attitude, toward other people.
A proud look often means looking down on or talking down to or about someone. So let’s ask ourselves do we ever do this. Are we ever arrogant, haughty, do we look at people with distaste? Do we feel we are better than they are? We might say, I don’t do any of these things, but in reality at times we do these things without even thinking about it. I will honestly say, to my shame, I have done this. Was the Lord pleased with me? I don’t think so. Will He forgive me for this? Yes, but only if I turn away from this type of attitude.
Psalms 101:5-6 tells us, Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Proverbs 16:18, 5, 2-3, 6-7
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
(Is our life in turmoil? Are we constantly angry or in some kind of discord with someone? Not all turmoil is our fault but we do need to exam our actions and realize that if we show mercy and love the Lord will be pleased with us and bring peace into our lives.)
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
- A lying tongue and a false witness.
We might say I don’t lie and I don’t falsely accuse anyone. But let us take a close look for just a moment at what can be considered a lie and bearing false witness.
Have we ever taken credit for what someone else did because it makes us look good to others or feel good about our self?
Do we ever make a promise to do something then not follow through with it? Do we always keep our word and if we can’t do we go to the person and make it right with them? Even if it’s you family, spouse, children, etc.
Do we tell something we have heard or believe to be true without first confirming the facts to back up what we are telling? Honestly, do we really have to tell everything we hear? My Mom always said “let your answer be Yea and Nay”, and “don’t say anything if you can’t say something good.”
Proverbs 12: 22, 17-20, 14-15
22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.
17-20 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
(What comes out of our mouth determines what type of relationships we have, whether it be good or bad. If we want good relationships then we need to speak good things to others and about others.)
God teaches us there will come a pay day for our words and actions.
Revelation 21:8, 27
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
So let us always strife to speak truth in love and kindness to others and to not talk about others in ways that will bring harm and suffering to them. Remember we don’t always have to tell everything we know and hear.
- Shedding of Innocent Blood.
We say,”I haven’t killed anyone so I haven’t shed innocent blood.” Yet we are aware that innocent blood being shed through the abortion of unborn children. Do we make any effort to stop this killing? Do we support those who are in agreement with the killing of innocent babies, who believe it is the right of the mother to decide.
A. The bible plainly shows that the unborn is a person.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
B. The bible says it is wrong to kill a person.
Deuteronomy 19:10 says That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
C. Also, let also remember we can kill with our tongues.
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
So often we destroy people and relationships, killing them emotional and spiritually with our tongue. The Lord wants us to love others to treat them with kindness. He wants us to use our tongue to lift others up and edify others.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Let us as a child of God seek to protect the innocent and let us use our tongues to lift other up with words of kindness and love.
- A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations; feet swift in running to mischief
There is a lot of evil out there in the world and far too many are quick to run in with mischief. We say “I don’t do that.” “I don’t think up evil stuff and go out and do it.”
Let me ask this question. Do we ever get mad at someone over something we think they did or didn’t do? Do we ever get the attitude, “I’ll show you”?
Are we not having imaginations and do we not run to get even at these times?
Psalm 36:2-4 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Have you ever gone to bed mad and the more you thought on what had made you angry the more you imagined stuff and the madder you got? Often when the truth was told half of what we had imagined wasn’t even true.
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
James 4:17 says, Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
If we are taught better and know in our hearts we should not do these things it is sin.
- Discord among the brethren.
Sowing trouble and making accusations among our brothers and sisters in Christ. At first we might say I don’t do this. But do we ever get angry at something that happened in service and go to others talking about it in anger? If we are not careful we can sow discord in the church, the family of God.
Proverbs 6:12-15 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes (glares with his eyes), he speaketh with his feet (shuffles his feet), he teacheth with his fingers (points his finger at you); Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Jude 16-25 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.(looking to impress others for self gain) But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
So let us be careful what we say about our church and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us not be quick to judge them or quick to run and talk about them to others. But let us have compassion for each other, lifting each other up, comforting each other and always remembering to always look for the good in each other.
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men. 1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord bless you always. ~Jeanette