He That Soweth Discord Among Brethren – Notes/Study Sheet

(Prov. 6:16-19)

 

1. Sowing and Reaping

   * Gal. 6:7-8 – How we sow determines what/how we reap on Judgment Day.

   * Hosea 7:8 – Sow wind/reap whirlwind.

 

 

   * We reap the harvest of what we sow – much more than we sow.

   * Sinners sow the wind but reap the tornado!

 

2. What is discord?

   * Discord is strife or contention.

   * Where do divisions (discord) come from? (Jas. 4:1)

            - Lack of love (Prov. 10:12; I Cor. 13:4; Jas. 5:20; I Peter 4:8).

           

 

            - Where there are idlers or busybodies (I Tim. 5:11-15)

 

 

            - When people can’t control their anger (Prov. 15:18; I Tim. 1:4; Titus 3:9 Prov. 15:18; I Tim. 1:4; Titus 3:9).

 

 

            - Division comes where ungodliness is present (Prov.16:27).

 

 

            - Divisions come where there is envy (Mt. 27:18).

 

 

            - Divisions come where there is selfishness and lust for power and prestige (Jas. 4:1; Gen 13:8).

 

            - Divisions come when pride is dominant (Prov. 28:25; Phil. 2:3).

 

3. How are the seeds of discord sown?

   * By preaching false doctrine (Jn. 17:17).

 

 

   * By gossiping (also tattling, being busybody, tale bearing - Eph. 4:29; I Tim. 5:13; Prov. 26:20).

 

 

4. How do we handle those who sow discord?

   * Let them know how harmful what they’re doing is (Mt. 18).

 

 

   * Must not let little things become major! (Rom. 14:17). Someone unkind to you; upset you? Get over it!

 

 

   * Love and pray for them (Matt. 5:44).

 

 

   * If they won’t quit, mark and avoid them (Matt. 18:17; I Cor. 5:5-6).

            - Prov. 22:24

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 10/28/08 a.m.