Fresh Hope – Day 92

I’ve been married now for more than 30 years.

I no longer have to wonder what my wife likes… it’s ingrained within me.

I know what food she likes, I know what weather she likes, and I know what kind of hotel she likes.

I know what makes her happy and I know what makes her sad.

I know the kinds of gifts she likes and I know the kind of flowers to buy her. (Apparently not often enough though)

I know the places she likes to go to on a day off and I also know the places that make her feel uneasy.

I know the things that I do that annoy her and I know the things to do to make her happy.

I’m still learning and I can still be surprised by her reactions, but hey, what married man isn’t… but generally speaking, i’ve got it sorted.

Have you ever wondered what God likes, or more to the point, what He doesn’t like?

You can tell a lot about someone by their likes and even more so, by their dislikes.

If a person says, for instance, that they love people, but then laughs at someones downfall, you know that their love for others is fairly shallow.

If a person hates injustice and has compassion towards the poor, then equally so, you know their love for people is genuine.

You can understand a lot about the nature of God, by what He hates.

You don’t have to go rummaging through the Bible to gather this information; He’s made it simple for us by putting it all in one place.

It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s really all the headlines you need to know. It’s the kind of passage that says… steer clear of this stuff!

Here they are…

Proverbs 6:16-19, There are seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate:

•A proud look

•A lying tongue

•Hands that kill innocent people

•A mind that thinks up wicked plans

•Feet that hurry off to do evil

•A witness who tells one lie after another

•Someone who stirs up trouble among friends

Amazingly, they are all the things that you and I find repulsive and offensive, unless that is, you are living on the wrong track…

It may be worth storing this information in a file, tucked deep within your heart, and labelling it, ‘Recipe for disaster’ – stay away!

/Tomorrow… ‘things that God loves’/

Pastor Mark

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