#DailyDevotion Tuesday May 30, 2017
The seven detestable things you should run away from (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The call to being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is that which makes one a new creation. St. Paul writes that; “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old one has gone, the new one is here!” (II Corinthians 5:17). Being a new creation includes detachment from the old way of life to a new way of life, this must include the gradual transformation to be able to note detestable things which are abominable to God.
The wise man—King Solomon has helped us to note some of these detestable things that we should run away from. Precisely, he writes;
“There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family” (Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT).
The Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) which is the bedrock of Christian morals and ethical values has six of the ten commandments that gives a responsibility to us regarding how we should relate with each other. The commands like thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not bear a false witness are some of the things Solomon has re-echoed here. These things are folly and detestable to the LORD, we are called to run away from them.
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These abominable things point us to the fact that God wants us to respect each other, live in harmony and be above reproach. The knowledge of the Lord Jesus, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the guidance we get from the scriptures quickens our spirit to a distinct moral consciousness which should help us to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh.
The grace of God has been revealed for this purpose that we should be able to say no and run away from abominations. This is exactly what Paul writes to Titus; “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
May this grace of God help you to ably say no and run away from these seven detestable things and all other ungodliness. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.