Here's a thought to ponder.
While in the wilderness for 40 years and having to do animal sacrifices for sin, using the best that are without blemish, First of all, not having much in livestock to sacrifice would put someone in a right mood and act real quick. Secondly, knowing that there is more value in an animal without blemish why would you lead yourself to sin? (just a thought).
We talk about what God hates, and He hates sin. He hates when we do things that are not in line with scripture.
Here is a guideline to what God truly hates:
There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Granted in that list are not the things that the world says that He hates or that we should hate. However, look at them broken down.
Haughty eyes. How are you looking at those around you who do not live by what you see as God's standard?
A lying tongue. If you are a believer are you lying about another believer in Christ to prove your point?
Hands that shed innocent blood. Are you planning to murder physically to make your point known?
A heart that devises wicked plans. Are you planning to destroy a person or an event that is in line with God's word?
Feet that run rapidly to evil. Are we anxious to see evil unfold for us to be right in our views?
Do you know what an abomination is? Its loathing. He loathes when His people try to make decisions to hurt one another And God loves His people, but when we no matter where we are believers or not but especially when we are believers it tears at His heart when we do any of these seven things.
We talk about how we need to repent. Here is what we need to repent from first of all is the six, no seven things that the Lord hates.
I know I've done several of these things on this list over the years, I am truly sorry for hurting those that God truly loves that He gave His own Son to die for their sins and for mine. That is true mercy. Something we need to strive for.
A false witness who utters lies. Are we lying to ourselves when God's word specifically tells the truth?
And one who spread strife among brothers. Are you planning or being involved in events to cause a war with other believers to prove your point?