The story of Luther and a revengeful enemy sets forth the evil of sin and how to avoid it. Luther's enemy was seeking an opportunity to stab the Reformer, but Luther received a portrait of the would-be murderer, so that, wherever he went, he was on guard against the assassin. Using himself as an illustration, Luther said, "God knows that there are sins that would destroy us, and He has therefore given us portraits of them in His Word, so that, wherever we see them, we may say, 'That is a sin that would stab me; I must beware of that evil thing, and keep out of its way'."
In Proverbs 6:16, we read, "These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him." The Hebrew word for "hates" means, "to hate personally, odious," and "abomination" is defined, "something disgusting, and an abhorrence."
Seven things are listed in verses 17 – 19:
THE SIN OF THE EYE. "A proud look." This reads literally, "haughty or lofty eyes," meaning supreme disdain for everything and everybody.
THE SIN OF THE TONGUE. "A lying tongue." A lying tongue is hateful to God, because He is the God of truth.
THE SIN OF THE HAND. "Hands that shed innocent blood." This means to inflict pain and cruelty, a murderer, and cruel disposition.
THE SIN OF THE MIND. "A heart that devises wicked plans." There are evil thoughts in all men's hearts, but the devising and fabricating of them, making the heart the devil's workshop, is the mark of utter depravity and wickedness, and is abhorrent to God.
THE SIN OF THE FEET. "Feet that are swift in running to evil." Some not only do evil, but they do it with eagerness.
THE SIN OF THE HEART. "A false witness that speaks lies." A low, mean, and contemptible character, whose very breath is loaded with falsehood.
THE SIN OF THE SPIRIT. "And one who sows discord among brethren." A. T. Robertson, that excellent Greek scholar of years ago, rendered the first part of 1 Corinthians 3:17 as "church wreckers God will wreck." God warns that He will deal a serious blow to those who are out to wreck a local church.
Roy Hession stated, "We do not lose peace with God over another person's sin, but only over our own. Only when we are willing to be cleansed, there will we have peace."
Dave Arnold, Pastor
Gulf Coast Worship Center
New Port Richey, Florida, 34654