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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Holy is the Lord

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: ~Proverbs 6:16


The supreme attribute of God is that He is holy and righteous. All the other attributes of God emanate from His holiness. As we understand His holiness, we understand what our relationship to Him is to be. When we speak about God, we often refer to the fact that God is love. We also refer to the fact that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. So, when we consider Proverbs 6:16-19, we see the blunt fact that there are six sins that God hates and seven are an abomination to Him. An abomination is something so despicable that it is completely abhorred. This morning, we are taking time to reflect on the greatness of God’s holiness.

There is the remarkable of God’s holiness.

Holiness is unique to God alone. Holiness means God is morally perfect. He is righteous in Person and character. There is no one else who is holy like God. God is the benchmark for holiness. His holiness is His glory. His holiness is truth. There is none like God and none to be compared to God. His holiness is to be worshiped and adored. We are to worship Him in the beauty of holiness. His holiness causes us to see our pitiful condition and realize how much closer we need to be to Him. When was the last time you praised God for His holiness?

There is the rejection in God’s holiness.

With His holiness is the realization that there are sins that are incompatible with God’s holiness. There are certain sins that God hates and even abhors. In Proverbs 6:17-19, these sins are enumerated. Pride, lying, murder, wicked thinking, a tendency towards evil thinking and practices, a false witness, and sowing discord among other Christians. The seven sins that Solomon refers to rank at the top of the list of sins that are abominable to God. God’s holiness rejects all who live and practice these sins. God can and will forgive anyone who repents of these sins, but He makes it very clear of how much He hates them. Interestingly, each of these seven sins has pride as their centerpiece. These seven sins are the sure downfall of every Christian who lives in them. Ask the Spirit of God to search your heart and make known to you if any of these sins are in your heart.

There is the responsibility to God’s holiness.

First, we must confess our sins to God and forsake them. Second, we must be holy even as God is holy. Third, we must worship God in the beauty of holiness. The holiness of God is the benchmark for a life that pleases God. Fourth, a separated life is a necessity for holy living. We must be separated from companions who would affect our spirit or lead us into temptation. We must be separated from standing in the way of sinners. Last, we must rejoice in God’s holiness. God’s holiness is the light in which we are to stand in. J. C. Ryle said, “Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word.”

“These six things doth the LORD hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him.” Make it your goal to love what God loves, and hate what God hates.

Have a holy God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 25-26

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