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Some Things That God Loves
July 14 2013
We can study the things that God does not want us to do, but perhaps more important is to study what He does want us to do. If we will study what God expects of us, we will concentrate upon that, and the opposite, negative aspects will naturally stand as unacceptable behavior.
Some Things That God Loves
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Load church of Christ on 07-14-2013
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 07-21-2013
The last lesson covered seven things that God hates, so that we can know and avoid those. In this lesson, I want us to consider the opposite of those things that God hates, or what He loves.
(1) God hates a proud look, but He loves humility
Proverbs 15:33 "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility."
Proverbs 22:4 “By humility and the fear of the
LORD are riches, and honour, and life.”
(2) God hates a lying tongue, but He loves the truth
Proverbs 12:22 "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight."
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
(3) God hates hands that shed innocent blood, but He loves those who save lives
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
1 John 3:16 "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
James 2:15 "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"
2 Corinthians 8:13 "For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:"
(4) God hates a heart that devises wicked plans, but loves those who plan to do good
Proverbs 14:22 "Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good."
Psalms 1:1 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
Ephesians 4:23 "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Hebrews 10:22 "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"
(5) God hates feet that run swiftly to cause mischief, but he loves those who take time to consider right and wrong
Proverbs 16:1 "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established."
Proverbs 14:29 "He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly."
James 1:19 "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."
(6) God hates a false witness who speaks lies, but he loves those who tell the truth
Proverbs 14:5 "A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.”
Proverbs 12:17 "He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit."
Zechariah 8:16 "These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD."
Ephesians 4:25 "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another."
(7) God hates one who sows discord among brothers, but He loves the peacemakers – sends or spreads discord among kindred
Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
James 3:18 "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
Colossians 3:12 "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
Let us not do those things that God hates, but let us pursue those things that He loves in us, and expects from us. This will assure that we walk and live in Him.