Sowing Discord Among the Brethern

Have you ever stopped to ponder the truth found in Scripture that God actually hates something?  More often than not, the discussion surrounding God is about His love, although this certainly is a conversation that is important and should be discussed regularly. Although Scripture does mention that God also hates. Hate is such a strong word, and many parents teach their children that we are not to hate, yet God clearly hates things.

The key passage I am addressing is found in Proverbs 6. In this chapter, the writer suggests there are seven things God hates. Let me list them for you: 

  1. A proud look – the arrogance that many have on their faces
  2. A lying tongue – not telling the truth
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood – could this not be connected to those who participate in abortions, such as the doctors and nurses? (Of course abortion was not in the Old Testament, but killing babies was and is basically the same sin today.)
  4. A heart that devises wicked imaginations – sounds like Hollywood
  5. Feet that are swift in running to mischief – those who premeditate sinful actions
  6. A false witness that speaks lies – maybe someone who uses deception to destroy others
  7. He that sows discord among the brethren

I did not comment on the last one because this is the one I would like to focus on. Proverbs also adds that “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts…” (Proverbs 18:8). I believe the person who backbites in the church is one of the most dangerous people in the church. Why? Because I believe his/her words cause division that can divide the body of Christ in subtle and sometimes even blatant ways.

Over the years as a Pastor, I have had to spend many hours trying to help a brother or sister see a bigger picture than what they have been given via gossip. Also, I have seen many good brothers and sisters leave the church because they choose to believe a disgruntled member rather than trust the leadership of their church. It deeply saddens me to watch this kind of behavior, but even more, God says He hates it.

Let’s take a look closer at this Proverb. It is not just that God hates sowing discord, but the verse says that God hates the one who sows discord. Let this soak in. Whenever you begin to talk of someone behind their back in a way that destroys their character, you may very well be putting yourself on God’s hate list. I am not sure that is a place where you want to be. When someone begins to tell you about another brother or sister behind their back, stop them and rebuke them. Sowing discord is not an action that God condones or appreciates. Furthermore, don’t let them try the “well, I am just concerned” approach. Telling anything negative behind a brother/sister’s back to another is forbidden in Scripture and condemned by God. It causes division and discord, and God hates it. May our speech be seasoned with salt so we may speak grace to the hearers and not be on God’s hate list.