Pastor Joe Miller IV
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
I often told my kids when they were young and lived at home, “I know you’re going to do wrong and fail your mom and me at times, and even make some choices that cause the whole family to suffer the consequences, but nothing will grieve me as much as when you fight amongst yourselves or even drop a seed of discord in ‘my family’.”
In Proverbs 6, we see God the Father has the same attitude and goals for His children, and in our case, at Harvest Baptist Church. God hates the first six items listed here, and we should always be on guard to be careful in each situation we find ourselves in. We need to make choices wisely to reject these temptations and to not grieve God. But the seventh, which generally can be a product of the previous six, is an abomination to our Heavenly Father. ‘To sow discord among the brethren’ is morally disgusting in God’s eyes. To understand the severity of this, go to Leviticus 20:13 or Deuteronomy 12:31 to find instances where God is utterly disgusted by actions. But here we are talking about sowing discord. It means to send forth strife and ultimately an unraveling or undoing of relationships. To divide the family. Oftentimes, this happens by something we say. Our words. That is why it is so important to watch what we say and even ask ourselves, ‘What are the consequences going to be if I open my mouth or get this off my chest?’
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
We can also sow discord by the things we hear and react to. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you say something and it was twisted or interpreted wrong. Sometimes we don’t wait to hear the whole story and react prematurely to what we perceive about a situation, and it causes discord.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
This verse says coming to an opinion and reacting without hearing the whole matter will not pan out too well for anyone.