Summary: Seven sins the Lord hates and how we are to treat each other
How to Treat Your Brother
March 10, 2010
I suppose my teaching through our first couple weeks together could be summarized as “setting expectations and leveling the playing field.”
My first sermon hopefully set your expectations of me as I said that I’m nothing more than a slave who must decrease so that our Master may increase.
In the evenings I’ve started preaching through Romans so that we can all hopefully start out with the same understanding of the basics.
Last Sunday morning I preached a message on Five Questions You Need to Ask so that we’ve all heard the same gospel.
Tonight I’m preaching a message I hope will help us all understand what to expect of each other in our dealings with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
The title of the message is…
How to Treat Your Brother
There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Two words in this text deserve special attention: “hates” and “abomination.” These are strong words, and they are directed at seven different sins.
All seven of them deal with our relationships with each other. If we’re continuing our theme of setting expectations, then tonight I want to talk about how we’ll treat each other:
1. See Yourself in Humility
God hates “haughty eyes.”
Pride is the basis and catalyst of all sin; Satan fell from pride. Adam and Eve ate in pride. Every sin you’ve ever committed is somehow attributed to pride.
The church of God is to practice humility.
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. (I Peter 5:5)
Paul tells us to “regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). When the folks in the Corinthian church started taking each other to court, Paul asked “Why not rather be wronged?” (I Cor. 6:7).
2. Speak in Truth
God hates “a lying tongue.”
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25)
This includes “little white lies.”
3. Deal with Others Gently
God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (I John 3:11-12, 15)
Be careful what happens in your heart regarding other people; hatred is murder to God.
4. Plan and Practice Good Things
God hates “a heart that devises wicked plans.”
When we expect the worst or when we practice negative scenarios in our minds, we set ourselves up for conflict.
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. (Matthew 15:18-19)
Don’t even entertain the notion of sin. Capture every thought for Christ.
5. Flee from Personal and Private Sin
God Hates “feet that run rapidly to evil.”
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (II Timothy 2:22)
I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. 3I will set no worthless thing before my eyes. (Psalm 101:2-8)
6. Refuse to Listen to Rumors
God hates “a false witness who utters lies.”
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)
7. Protect the Unity
God hates “one who spreads strife among brothers.”
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Romans 12:18)