Things the God of Love Hates… (Part Four)


     “A heart that devises wicked plans” (Proverbs 6:16-18).

     It is fatal and false to conceive of sin as simply an external evil.  Jesus strongly rebuked the Pharisees for such flawed thinking (Matthew 23:25-28).

     Since the genesis for external behavior is the heart (Mark 7:20-23), sinful plans—regardless of whether they are carried out—are abhorred by the holy God.

     Jesus could not be more plain-spoken about this in the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Murderous hands are sinful, and so is a hostile and angry heart (Matthew 5:21-22).
  • Adultery is sin, and so is a lustful heart (Matthew 5:27-28).
  • Mouths which speak false oaths are evil, and so are the hearts which lack the integrity to be a person of your word (Matthew 5:33-37).

     Wicked actions are abhorred by God.  Equally abominated are the wicked hearts which plan the actions.

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