SOWING DISCORD

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

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.  (Comment)


Sowing Discord - Dissension in the Hearts of Others

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 does not advocate togetherness as being a virtue, one should seek after, instead sowing discord.

Fragmentation - Result of Discord

Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).  Five in one house will be 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 (Luke 12:52-53).

There is fragmentation when division occurs, turmoil rather than peace, with 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.

The Discontented Person

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 with no real contentment.

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 (James 1:23-24) to see who is advocating such.

Perversity in One's Heart

The Book of Proverbs speaks of perversity in one's heart, that such an individual devises evil continually towards sowing discord (Proverbs 6:14).  Such a heart manifests perverse things, contrary to right reason.  Such an individual is beyond normal reasoning; set in their ways to spread their agenda.

They 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 of sowing discord; having their ears closed to any other course of action.

An Abomination to God

Six things does the Lord hate, seven are an abomination to him (Proverbs 6:16).  Such ways are contrary to God's nature, will, 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:  You have taken your sons and daughters and have caused them to be devoured; Is this of your whoredom a small matter?  You have slain my children, and caused them to pass through the fire (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?

A Proud Look, a Lying Tongue, Shedding of Innocent Blood

Traits listed which the Lord hates:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17).  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; with any opposing opinion not worthy of consideration. 

A lying tongue speaks falsehoods; with intention to deceive, even utilizing character assassination if it will benefit their cause. This bears the trait of the devil, who was a liar from the beginning, who abodes not in truth, because their is no truth in him; for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44). 

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 calls under the shedding of innocent blood.

 Wicked Imaginations - Running to Mischief

Traits listed that the Lord hates:  A heart that devises wicked imaginations, and feet that be swift in running to mischief (Proverbs 6:18).  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 ungodly agenda; if one falls prey to its allurement.

Feet that be swift in running to mischief can fall into the category of sowing discord as a talebearer.  The words of a talebearer are as wounds (Proverbs 18:8).  He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets (Proverbs 21:19).  Where no wood is there the fire goes out; so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20). 

We are seeing many proclaiming falsehoods; to enhance their own agenda, to the place where it can be difficult to distinguish the truth from a falsehood.  This certainly is not of God but is of a devilish nature. 

A False Witness

The final verse that covers the seven things the Lord hates is not all inclusive; for God's Word readily identifies other areas of concern.  However, this is the text we are dealing with that should be a warning to those who have fallen into the characteristics of the traits mentioned.

One of the final two traits is a false witness that speaks lies (Proverbs 6:19).  A false witness that speaks lies bears false witness, spreading them aboard to the damage of others.  Such can be damaging to the uprightness of a nation, individual, or any who becomes the target of such.

Scripture reveals there shall no wise enter in anything that defiles, neither whosoever works abomination, or makes a lie (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 (Revelation 21:8).

Sowing Discord

The final trait mentioned is sowing discord (Proverbs 6:19).  Scripture reveals:  Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine you have learned; and avoid (or turn away from) them. For they serve their own interests; and by flattering speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent (Romans 16:17-18).

You have sown to the wind and you shall reap the whirlwind (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 own way (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 encourage 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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