By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Sowing discord has not brighten the landscape towards peaceful solutions; rather heightened the price to pay for allowing the devilment of mankind to rule the day.
There is a ugly demeanor that prevails bringing division rather than unity. There is a walking away from former times where disagreement may have been prevalent; but not the open hostility we are presently witnessing.
Sowing discord is when there is a lack of agreement or harmony with strife developing; with such words as animosity, contention, controversy, and disunity coming into focus.
Sow is to spread; such as sowing dissension in the hearts of others. When there is an inability to come together it leaves one wondering as to who is right or wrong. There are many voices of dissension that do not advocate togetherness as being a virtue one should seek after, instead there is sowing discord.
Scripture reveals: Jesus knew their (the Pharisees) thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father will be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law (Luke 12:52-53).
There is fragmentation when division occurs, turmoil rather than peace, sowing discord rather than seeking a peaceful solution. This creates a hostile environment that cannot continue to exist; as hatred, rather than love, becomes the norm of the day.
Quotes concerning discontentment: He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another (Aesop). To the discontented man no chair is easy (Benjamin Franklin). These sayings bring to light the fact that there is little contentment in sowing discord because it only festers and grows.
Those who sow discord are normally aggressive in nature, opinionated in their forwardness, domineering, combative, and contentious. There is no reigning in of such because of one's energetic pursuit of spreading hate and discontentment; rather than a willingness to look in the mirror to see who is advocating such.
The Book of Proverbs speaks of perversity in one's heart: Forwardness (or perversity) is in his heart, he devises mischief (or evil) continually; he sows discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy (Proverbs 6:14-15). Such a heart manifests perverse things; is beyond normal reasoning, set in its ways to spread its agenda.
Those in this category use every means possible to elevate their cause. They continually plan schemes, contrive methods, ways and means, to attack, disturb, or even ruin those who oppose their ways. There is little concern that they are sowing discord; having their ears closed to any other course of action.
Scripture reveals: These six things does the Lord hate, seven are an abomination to him; A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that devises wicked imaginations (or plans), feet that be swift in running to mischief (or evil); a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19). Such ways are contrary to God's nature, will, or law, being an abomination to Him.
In many nations the Word of God is being pushed aside to make way for hideous abominations that are being committed. One such abomination is abortion (or murder) of the unborn. God's Word reveals His thoughts in a similar situation: Moreover you have taken your sons and daughters, whom you have borne to me, and these you have sacrificed to them to be devoured. Is this of your whoredoms (or harlotry) a small matter, that you have slain my children, and delivered (or offered) them to pass through the fire for them (Ezekiel 16:20-21)?
The people were allowing for the sacrifice of the innocent to appease the worship of their false gods. God's reference to you have slain my children indicated the seriousness of the matter! Is it any different towards aborting an unwanted child today?
Among those traits previously mentioned: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. Sowing discord bears many of these same characteristics. A proud look is to look down on others with disdain. Such individuals hold their own opinion with worth and merit; while any opposing opinion not being worthy of consideration.
A lying tongue speaks falsehoods; with intention to deceive, even utilizing character assassination, if it will benefit one's cause. Hands that shed innocent blood is happening in many parts of the world today; as the innocent are condemned to death, by those who wish to dominate and rule. There is no greater innocent than that of a baby in its mother's womb; murdering of such certainly falls under the shedding of innocent blood.
Among the traits previous mentioned: A heart that devises wicked imaginations, and feet that be swift in running to mischief. Thoughts of wickedness; which are formed in the heart of man, with evil thoughts and designs, both against God and man, are forged through allowance of such to captivate and capture one's entire being.
We live in an electronic age that helps promote such. There is the availability of lustful desires, and the wickedness of man, at the touch of the finger, to enter into such a realm. Devises that were intended to benefit mankind have fallen into the hands of the ungodly to promote the spreading of their ungodly agenda.
Feet that be swift in running to mischief can fall into the category of sowing discord as a talebearer. Scripture reveals: The words of a talebearer (or slanderer) are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly (Proverbs 18:8). He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle (or associate not) with him that flatters with his lips (Proverbs 20:19). Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer (or whisperer), the strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20).
We are seeing many proclaiming falsehoods; to enhance one's agenda, to the place where it is difficult to distinguish the truth from a falsehood. This certainly is not of God but is of a devilish nature.
Another trait previously mentioned: A false witness that speaks lies. A false witness that speaks lies bears false witness, spreading such to the damage of others. They can be damaging to the uprightness of a nation, individual, or any who becomes the target.
Scripture reveals: There shall no wise enter into into it (a heavenly abode) anything that defiles, neither whosoever works (or causes) abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life (Revelation 21:27). The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers (or sexually immoral), and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
The final trait mentioned is sowing discord. The apostle Paul wrote: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark (or note) them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine you have learned; and avoid (or turn away from) them. For they are are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but after their own belly; and by good (or smooth) works, and fair (or flattering) speeches deceive the hearts of the simple (or innocent) (Romans 16:17-18).
Scripture reveals: For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meat: if so be it yield, the strangers (or aliens) shall shallow it up (Hosea 8:7). You have plowed wickedness (in sowing discord), you have reaped iniquity; you have eaten the fruit of lies; because you did trust in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men (Hosea 10:13).
Many have fallen into the clutches of the unrighteous; allowing sin and degradation to come in their midst, with no desire to offset such an influence; instead encouraging it through supportive laws and rulings. Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows (as in sowing discord), that shall he also reap (or be recompensed) (Galatians 6:7).
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