Book: Proverbs 6
“There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests: … a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.”
A wise person seeks peace in relationships with and between others. Jesus, in the Beatitudes says, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Kingdom builders are peacemakers just as the King is.
What is behind a person sowing discord? In chapter 4 of the book of James he asks a similar question and provides the answer: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” Living a life that creates strife and trouble in relationships with others is not from God’s Kingdom.
God’s Kingdom is one of sowing peace. We are called to work at peace, encourage peace, and live in peace. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Romans 12:18 adds to this, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Take a few moments and ask the Lord how He wants you to be a sower of peace today. Look for opportunities today to be a peacemaker!
Peace is so important to Paul that in his final sentences of 2 Corinthians he says, “Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”