I’ve been collaborating with the Holy Spirit, finding key evidence in defining the REAL TRUTH for the world we live in today. Not only did God show me “a truth”, but He showed me “THREE TRUTHS” in His Word while searching in the Old Testament.
Now I did find over 43 things God hates in the Old Testament and New Testament (6 found in Proverbs 6:16]. But I decided to zero in on the three mentioned in Zechariah and the TRUTHS that become undeniable to us and the people around us in our lives.
Zechariah 8:16, 17 AMPLIFIED BIBLE
 “These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the TRUTH with his neighbor; render the TRUTH and pronounce the judgment or verdict that makes for peace in [the courts at] your gates.
 And let none of you think or imagine or devise evil or injury in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, says the Lord.”
THREE UNDENIABLE TRUTHS:
THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH ABOUT MAN
1. Man is a Sinner by Nature:
“Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all man, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because all men sinned” (Romans 5:12 AMP translation).
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalms 51:5 NIV translation).
“All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6 KJV).
THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH ABOUT SIN–
1. Sin Is Appealing to ALL Men!
Ephesians 2:1-3 Amplified Bible:
 “AND YOU, [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins  In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this word [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving who go against the purposes of God].  Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.”
There is a lot to absorb in reading the three verses (especially in the Amplified Version). So here’s a suggestion I found that really brings home to each one of us; what Paul was trying to convey to the church in Ephesus:
I simply take a pen and run a light line through the word
“YOU”; “And you…”, “You were…”, etc. And, I write my name above the word “YOU”. So then, it would now read…“AND MEL, He made alive, when Mel was dead…and so on. I think you get the idea. It makes the thoughts more personal.
2. SIN Alienates Man from God.
Isaiah 59:2 (New Living Translation):
“It’s your SINS that have put you off from God, Because of your SINS, HE HAS TURNED AWAY and will not listen anymore.”
3. SIN Produces Spiritual Death.
MAN is body, soul, and spirit. We all will die one day, and when death occurs, the body (the outside, physical tent we live in), will decay and turn to dust. But the soul and spirit…that’s a different story. ETERNAL DEATH or ETERNAL LIFE.
Romans 6:23 (AMP):
“For the wages which SIN pays is death, BUT the [bountiful] FREE GIFT of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“God’s Big Buts”–
The words “BUT GOD…” when reading the Scriptures these two words signal a change, a contrast, or a clarification is coming next. What follows this significant transition is intended to challenge our faith and change our life.
THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH ABOUT GOD–
1. GOD Will Eternally Condemn the Unrepentant Sinner.
Luke 13:3 (New American Standard Bible):
“I tell you, no, but unless you REPENT, you will all likewise perish.”
Saying your sorry, versus “repentance”–the differences.
“…unless you repent (change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally” (AMP).
“You won’t be saved UNLESS…” is a strong statement by Jesus, the Savior of the world. Saying “I’m sorry” is certainly a beginning when we slip and fall, but that isn’t what God wants to hear from us.
I remember my mother telling me when I was a child in rebellion: “Just saying your ‘sorry’ about what you already knew was wrong doesn’t catch it UNLESS…you change direction! It’s hard for me to FORGIVE if you are going to keep on doing it over and over again.” Boy, was I repentant after those words. I wanted my mother’s approval in everything I did. Shouldn’t we have the same mindset as adults?
“Bring forth FRUIT that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change in heart” (Matthew 3:8).
When we TRULY REPENT, the FRUIT of Repentance will be evident to others.
HUMILITY – Claiming to others of your relationship with Jesus without the need to personally come to a moment of REPENTANCE, creates a feeling of PRIDE, rather than the HUMILITY characterized with our relationship with Christ.
Is your RELATIONSHIP with God characterized by HUMILITY, or are you lacking the FRUIT of REPENTANCE?
URGENCY – When we come to a point of REPENTANCE, we must realize that our sins are not excusable. There isn’t such a thing as a “little sin”; a “little white lie.” If you’re thinking right now, “Everyone tells lies, everyday”; that in itself is a LIE that the great LIAR, the devil is given you!
True Repentance Leads to a Changed Life.
ADMITTANCE – It is simple admitting that you messed up; tried to run things on your own and you FAILED!
GOD DESIRES THAT ALL SHOULD BE SAVED!
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV):
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but EVERYONE to come to repentance.”
The Message Bible says it this way:
“God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the END because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He is giving everyone space and time to change.”
Over my Christian life, I’ve prayed for SALVATION for friends and family, thinking: “God, time is short. When are they going to realize…?” My expectation, my desires, become determined by my own ideas of tardiness on God’s part; not remembering GOD ISN’T LATE WITH HIS PROMISES!
GOD COMPLETELY FORGIVES THE REPENTANT SINNER!
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]” (1 John 1:9 AMP).
I love that old children’s Sunday Class song that was taught to me when I was young. We ALL know the words I thing, but have we forgotten the GRACE that can flow through it to our lives as adults today?
JESUS love me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so…
Yes, Zechariah says to us, the three things that God hates; BUT we need to know Jesus loves us! For the Bible tells us so!