"One Who Sows Discord Among Brethren"
Who can abide a troublemaker?
The first thing that comes to mind is how chaotic, mischievous, and disagreeable Dathan, Abiram and Korah were amongst the children of Israel, all because they envied Moses and Aaron. Of their evil the scripture says,
"When they envied Moses in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the Lord, the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, and covered the faction of Abiram. A fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked." (Ps. 106:16-18)
When it comes to the seven things we've reviewed so richly this week - or any evil or wicked thing, actually - our God doesn't play. He hates these particular traits and everything spawned from them. But deliberately "sowing discord" among those marked by His power in cohesive relationship seems to take the cake.
Troublemakers are moody, divisive, and totally given over to fleshly appetites. No matter what is done or said to them, they stand heartily against the principles and edicts of God because, as scripture also declares, the flesh is "at war" with the Lord.
So What's the Solution?
Do you know someone like this? Caught up in a web of contention and malcontent? Clothed in scheming and gossip and lies? If so, please know that they do not need your anger or your rebuke... THEY NEED PRAYER.
Suppose you were in a similar circumstance, friends - would you want to be ostracized or delivered? Shunning these people won't accomplish anything positive, even though it's the natural reflex of our emotions. Prayer, however, will open up the heavens on their behalf, and evoke the Presence of God to surround them and warn them and advise them of solutions to their trouble. That may be all we can do for a hardened individual bent on sowing discord, but that at least should be done. First and foremost, it will please God and show forth His character within you. But also critically important - it just may save their lives.
Let's respond to hateful attributes the way our God responds to them - prayerfully and with love. If you've sown discord among brethren or you know someone who has, please pray along with me for God's mercy and forgiveness:
Holy Father, You see and discern all things; You know me from the ground up. Lord, I'm asking for Your forgiveness of me for sowing discord among brethren. I'm sorry. I bow the knee to Your Spirit of peace and command my flesh to be silenced, in Your Precious and Holy Name. I want to sow harmony among my fellow man from hence forth. And Father, for those I know who have sown discord among brethren I ask for Your mercy and forgiveness to envelop their lives. Please cause Your Spirit to pierce the veil of contention surrounding them and bring repentance and order to their circumstances. I remand myself and them to Your custody, dear Lord, and I cover us all with the precious Blood of Jesus. In Your Holy Name I pray and thank You. Amen.
God bless you all for reading along with this series. We have enjoyed your company and been blessed by sharing our hearts in Jesus with all of you. Until next time, may God richly increase your coffers always.
Pastor Sharon =0)