There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: …a heart that devises wicked schemes … Proverbs 6:18
I will ask a question that seems odd for a Believer to ask other Believers, but “do you hate anyone?” Is there someone in your past or present that you just cannot stand to be around? Have you ever thought of the things you would do to that person if there were no consequences and nobody around to witness it? You see, I would love for this verse to be about the mob in vegas or gangbangers in the streets of Chicago, but it’s not. It’s about us, else why would the Lord put it in here? In fact, all of these verses are about us. We have a penchant for devising ways to commit evil.
Even as Christians. Or, better yet, especially as Christians because we have this view that now that we are saved we are immune to wicked thoughts and schemes.
But you ask, “how so? How am I devising wicked schemes?” To begin with, “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. Once we wrap our minds around that thought and realize that we can devise these bad things, we can move forward. I’m not saying that we do devise these schemes regularly, but just that we are very capable of it.
That question I asked above was one such way we can realistically “devise wicked schemes.” If we hate someone, we obviously do not have their best interests at heart. We need to get to the root of that hatred. Why do we so intensely dislike that person, who incidentally, probably has no idea of your disfavor?
And it all starts with the root of bitterness that can grow inside because of hurts that have not been dealt with.
When we deal with hurts as they occur instead of letting them snowball out of control, it just makes life that much easier.