Seven Things that God Hates, and We Should, Too

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 6:16-19, ESV).

Verses 16-19 of Proverbs 6 list of some of the things that God hates. Discuss these verses with your children, and have them draw pictures to illustrate each of the sins listed.

Below each sin are some examples of ways children (and adults) practice these sins. When discussing these, don’t miss the opportunity to make clear that God hates all sin. He hates it so much that we cannot have fellowship with Him apart from faith in His Son, who paid the penalty for our sin and clothes us with His righteousness. Through Him, we are given the grace to love and obey God. Through Him, and only Him, we are given the strength to do what is right, as described in the verses that are listed here with each sin.

1. Haughty eyes (or a proud look)

  • Rolling the eyes in response to something said to them,
  • Looking down on someone younger, different, or less intelligent
  • Setting themselves up as the judge of others
  • Thinking they are wiser than their parents and other elders
  • Criticizing parents and other authorities
  • Arguing with parents
  • Disobeying and openly rebelling against authorities
  • Ingratitude
  • Boasting about one’s accomplishments, status, or knowledge
  • Disrespect

“For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:5-6).

2. A lying tongue

  • Not telling the truth about a wrongdoing
  • Withholding information that others need to have
  • Hypocritical words
  • Flattering to gain something from someone
  • Exaggerating the facts
  • Implying that something is true, or purposely leading someone to an incorrect assumption
  • Telling partial truths
  • Not honoring parents’ rules when they are absent
  • Not offering evidence against a wrongdoer when necessary
  • Committing to doing something with no real intention of following through
  • Making excuses
  • Blaming others for own sinful actions

“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22).

3. Hands that shed innocent blood (Although children may not murder someone, they will exhibit anger, indifference, and other emotions that drive them to physically harm others.)

  • Bullying
  • Hitting, biting, kicking, hurting others
  • Striking parents
  • Carelessly abusing or killing animals for amusement (such as shooting little birds with a BB gun)

“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (Proverbs 21:21).

4. A heart that devises wicked plans

  • Plotting revenge
  • Snubbing someone
  • Conspiring to deceive or hurt someone
  • Lying about a long series of actions in order to cover sin

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

5. Feet that make haste to run to evil

  • Joining with others to do wrong when the authority is not present
  • Delighting in doing wrong

“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).


6. A false witness who  breathes out lies

  • Falsely accusing someone of misbehavior and sin
  • Misrepresenting a disagreement between people
  • Falsely describing the actions of another person in a way that implies his guilt
  • Not offering evidence against someone when asked to give testimony
  • Covering for someone who has committed a wrongdoing

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:3-5).

7. One who  sows discord among brothers

  • Teasing
  • Listening to gossip and repeating gossip
  • Slandering, repeating truths that will harm another person’s reputation
  • Leading others to imagine the worst about someone
  • Stirring up disagreements and jealousies
  • Arousing suspicions against someone
  • Meddling in the disagreements of others
  • Taking sides in disagreements
  • Envying the success and blessing of others

“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour” (Psalm 15:1-3).

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10 Comments

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  2. wow! We r so learning that in school today 🙂 Thx!

  3. Well written, Pam. Thank you. I’m sharing this on my facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/KneeDeepinGrace?ref=tn_tnmn

    Continued blessings to you and yours,

    PK

  4. This is a really well written post and holds some valuable lessons for kids and adults. It was just the reminder that I needed this morning and I can’t wait to share the lesson with my girls!

  5. Wow! I’m emailing this to a couple of girlfriends from church. This is a great training tool…the explanations are wonderful! Thank you so very much for sharing this!

  6. Thank you some much for this!! I just had an excellent study and worship time with my kids… We are going to be working on this for the next 7 days.
    Thank you for this.

  7. I find this a very useful Bible study tool. Thanks…

  8. Thank you for the great post. I often print out your articles to save in a folder. I don’t know how difficult this is to set up but a print option would be handy. I copy them into word to print w/o any pictures. Thanks!

  9. I’m getting to this kind of late as this was published last month but I think this is really helpful! Yet I feel a bit discouraged because I see many of these actions in my 6-year-old son and I am constantly teaching him what God’s word says about love, kindness, selflessness, sharing, serving, etc. We learn about kindness in the morning and by lunchtime he’s teasing his sister. He is only 6 and I know he has not had a heart change yet as I don’t often see him repentant for his behavior (which I would think would be a sign of transformation.) I do make him tell others he is sorry and confess his sin to God. I know he is still very young so I’m waiting patiently for God to change his heart. Is my job to be faithful in teaching him, showing him and praying for him and then letting God work in His time, not mine?

  10. I tried to email this and it said SMTP not found, etc. Can you help me? I think this is a great article!

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