Join The Journey http://wmcc.jointhejourney.com Watermark Community Church - A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs en-us SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY (IN)EFFECTIVE PEOPLE http://wmcc.jointhejourney.com/log/111968 Today's Passage: Proverbs 6:12-19

Hello, it’s me. Julie Vorce (sorry, not Adele). Here’s me in 88 words. 

Background: Brazilian mother, American Father, Cali born, Alabama raised.

College: Auburn University (War Eagle!).

Profession: Pastry Chef (hence the apron in my photo).

Area of Service at Watermark: Community Group coach.

Love: Dance parties, experiencing new cultures, sharing a meal with family/friends.

Hate: Negativity, sugar-free desserts, villains (see below).

Past Identity: People pleaser who sought affirmation through performance and living the “good girl” life.

New Identity: Knowing I am a sinner and can’t perform my way into heaven. My identity is in Christ alone.

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SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY (IN)EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

KEY VERSE

There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him.
(Proverbs 6:16)

CENTRAL TRUTH

The same qualities we hate in people who intentionally cause others to experience suffering are the same qualities Solomon lists as traits that God hates. How easy it is to identify these traits in others, but have we been able to hate those same qualities in ourselves?

REFLECTIONS

Darth Vader. Hannibal Lector. Norman Bates. The Joker. Lord Voldemort. Freddy Krueger. If you haven’t already figured it out, they all play the role of a villain. And let’s be honest, nobody likes the villain. What makes us “hate” these characters? What we hate about the villains is precisely the qualities God hates to see in us. In this passage, Solomon highlights seven traits God hates.

Villains lie, kill, plot evil, stir up dissension, and are cruelly malicious people. In verses 12-15, Solomon describes someone who intentionally causes other people to experience suffering. He points out how they use their mouths, eyes, feet, and fingers (all of a person’s means of communication) in devious ways to achieve the deceitful plots of the heart—here especially to spread slander to destroy someone. Sound familiar? He uses the word worthless, which literally means “of Belial”—a word that became a name for Satan (2 Corinthians 6:15), who is the biggest villain of all.   

Then in verses 16-19, Solomon lists seven things God hates. This is not an exhaustive list of what God hates, but it leaves no doubt about God's view of these seven things. This list addresses practices that deal with attitude, thought, speech, action, and influence. I don’t know about you, but as I read over these character traits, I can’t help but be convicted that I carry some (if not all) of these attributes.

My hands may have never “shed innocent blood,” but how easy it is for me to desire to manipulate situations for my own benefit, without caring who I may affect in the process. Or how about “haughty eyes”? I’m ashamed to admit how often I am quick to view others with contempt. And a “lying tongue”? Yep. Been there, done that. For me, there are days when I have to purposefully choose to practice love, kindness, and gentleness, for I know my flesh will desire to “plot wicked schemes.” Shame on me if I hate these “villain” attributes, yet fail to identify and hate these traits in myself.  

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Out of the seven things Solomon lists that the Lord hates, which are you quick to point out in others?  

2. The list addresses practices that deal with attitude, thought, speech, action, and influence. Which of these areas are you most likely to let your flesh play out?

3. How can your community help hold you accountable in your "wickedness"?

4. Is there someone you have wronged that you need to seek forgiveness from?

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