A Response to The God Who Hates

A Response to The God Who Hates

A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers. – Proverbs 6:12-19

 

Check out last Sunday’s sermon here.

Adoration
Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit. You are the blessed and only Sovereign, King of kings and Lord of lords. You alone have immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light. God whom, in Your unveiled glory, man cannot see without the cost of death. May You be honored by every heart and may Your eternal dominion shine in unfading spendor across time and space for every being to see.
You are only worthy.
You are truth.
You are justice.
You are purity.
You are goodness.
You are unity.
See 1 Timothy 6:15-16 and Exodus 33:20.

Confession
Holy Father, You hate with a perfect hate those evils which take aim at Your glory and Your fame.
You hate the haughty pride of men, who conclude that You are a means to their end.
You hate the tongues that spit little lies as ‘my truth’ and the subtle spins we put on stories to look better in the eyes of men.
You hate injustice in all its forms. From great ones to small, You see it all.
You hate the schemes of evil, plans laid to commit offenses.
You hate disunity, chaotic discord caused by sin.
You hate evil.
In all these things Your hatred is good.

I have lived in pride, living for my way at the cost of Your honor.
I have lied with subtle deceptions to keep my boss thinking well of me.
I have been unjust to my children, unfairly handling discipline.
I have schemed that ‘perfect’ vengeful reply the next time she brings up my faults.
I have caused disunity with my lips through selfishness.
I have loved the evil that You hate.
For all these things, if on my own, Your hate would be my damnation.
See Proverbs 6:12-19.

Thanksgiving
Christ, You came to give Your life to ransom me from damnation.
Your sinless body became sin for me, making me the righteousness of God.
For Your body became the recipient of my sin punishment. On the cross You took on wounds, healing with Your blood
Jesus, Your life appeased God’s righteous hatred of me.
God, in Your perfect timing, You sent Jesus to redeem my condemned life. You have adopted me as Your child. You sent Your Spirit into my heart. I can call You “Father.” Yes, You are holy, righteous, and pure. But You are more, Father.
Triune God, Father, Son, Spirit, You have made me an heir of everything that You love, never to suffer for what You hate.
May my life be a response of thanksgiving as I meditate on what You have done.

See Mark 10:45, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, and Galatians 4:4-7.

Supplication
Spirit, be my help!
Produce the fruit of holiness in my life. I have a life record of self-empowered failures.
Guide my heart to fear the Lord and to love the mystery of Christ. I am prone to forget why I was made.
Make my worship pure, full of truth. You, O God, are worthy of my everything.
Spirit, help me see the bitterness of sin before I give into temptation. I desire to hate what God hates and need Your guidance to do so.
May I walk by You, avoiding the path of my flesh. Please, help me do so.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

See John 14:16, Galatians 5:22-23, John 4:23-24, Gal 5:16, and Romans 8:26.

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