What a Tangled Web We Weave

If we are people who love, are we not also people who hate? We love what blesses people and hate what harms them. In loving and hating in these ways, I believe we imitate the God who both loves and hates. God reserves words like, “hate,” “abomination,” and “despise” to describe the sins which he has the biggest problem with. We have been taught that God hates idolatry, injustice, hypocrisy and deceit.

Scripture leaves no doubt that God hates deceit. In Proverbs, he states it quite bluntly. In Proverbs 6:16, there is a list of six things that the Lord hates: seven that are an abomination to him and two of them relate to deceit, “a lying tongue” and “a false witness who pours out lies” (17, 19). The Lord hates those who don’t keep their word, but he delights in those who do (Proverbs 12:22). Given all this, I think it is clear that God hates any concealment of the truth, any denial of truth, or any misrepresentation of the truth.

God hates deceit because he values truth. He values truth because he himself is the source of all truth. Truth reflects God’s character, his pure heart.

In Psalm 58:3, we learn that deceit is the natural condition of those whose hearts are against God. “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.” When we speak deceptively, our words reflect a heart that is not submitted to God. Jesus said, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, out of the heart come evil thoughts and this defiles a person.”

The way I see it, deception is done to benefit the deceiver and harmful to those around them. But there is hope for deceivers. “Put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Peter 2:1). Instead, learn to imitate Jesus who “never sinned and never deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God” (1 Peter 2:22-23). And that is where I will lay my hurt and anger.


Chris Gray


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    Bev Turner says

    Beautiful message, Chris. I will lay my hurt and anger there also!!

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