Proverbs 10:18- He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 26:24-26- He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
While away from blogging and healing, the Holy Spirit it appears led me to read a lot about the heart’s condition; both mine and others. I just could not and can’t get over how hatred runs so rampant among us. Thank you Holy Spirit! As many times as I have read the above scriptures, I missed an understanding about hiding hatred with lying lips. What came to my mind is that a lot of us hide hatred behind Religion and Christianity.
Most of us simply hide behind God (reading the bible, memorizing, quoting, and preaching scripture) while claiming at the same time to be doers of His word when our behavior toward others speak differently. This is “wretched, but true” as my grandson Elijah would say. As Believer’s we can and will do better, right? Yes we can and Yes we will, because of God’s grace. Where does God look when He looks at us? Where does hatred lie dormant? Yep! You’ve got it. He looks in and it lies dormant in the HEART.
The other thing we do is lie to ourselves about loving God when we have the smallest bit of animosity toward others. We are again hiding “hatred with lying lips.” 1 John 4:20 clearly calls us out on that shame:
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
As Believers’ in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, we should REMEMBER three things hiding hatred does:
- Hatred dissembles (misleads) others and the people of God with lying lips.
- Hatred causes others and the people of God to be deceitful from within.
- Hatred isn’t just one abomination in our heart; it is “seven abominations…” (Whoa! I missed knowing that over the years. TYHS!)
May we all ask of the Holy Spirit’s conviction within us as we meditate on these verses:
(1 John 3:9-10)- Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
(Matthew 5:43-47)– Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
(Psalm 119:104)-Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
(1 John 3:15)-Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (Ding! Ding!)
The conclusion of the matter is this- To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:2) When we practice this daily using a repentant heart, we can stop being one who “hideth hatred with lying lips…”
Furthermore, beloved, hatred is a sin that puts us OUT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. Hatred is 360 degrees in the opposite direction of love; and God is Love.
What is the effect of hatred vs. love? Hatred stirreth up strifes:(not one strife but many) but love covereth all sins(not one sin, but all). (Proverbs 10:12)