"He that soweth discord among his brethren"
I sure all of us have met people from every walk of life that can be classified as "drama"kings and queens. They got the name honestly because they are the kind of people who possess the type of personality that constantly causes "drama or discord" among every lives they influentially touch. It's sad to say it but the Bible reveals in many passages thoughout its content a great number of people from all walks of life who lived for the sole purpose to cause dessention between kingdoms, husband and wives, communities, members of their church, co-workers and management.
Proverbs 6:14 said they are the kind of people that devises mischief. They take the time to both plot out every seed of discord and then personally sows each seed in an effort to bring to pass disharmony and disunity. Solomon in writing this proverb made it a point to highlight the tension they cause in the marital relationship between men and their wives, by seducing the either marital partner into infidelity.
The "wicked sower of discord" makes mischief between relationships and neighbors by using all "wicked means possible", not only to alienate the affections of the people in said relationships one from another, but also irritates their "loving passions" as well, causing conflict and relational detriment between the people involved. Those guilty of vicious tale-bearing and slandering, those guilty of carrying "ill-natured" stories, falsehoods with a slanderous pretense aggravates every thing both that's said and done blowing coals of contention and discord.
Proverbs 6:12-19 gives us a catalogue of those sins which are in a special manner "odious" (foul smelling) to God, all which are generally to be found in the children of " Belial". God hates sin; he hates every sin; God can never be reconciled to it. Everything God hates is a sin. But there are "some sins" which he hates seemingly with a deeper passion. All 7 of them are mentioned in this passage, inclusive of those which cause personal injury on any level toward our fellow man.
A person who sows seeds of discord is a naughty person, wicked, and walks with a froward mouth. "Froward" means perverse, false, deceitful, depraved. The "idea" here is the person who sows "seeds of discord" "is a person with a strong inclination toward doing evil having some warped passion or inclination to indulge in creating disharmony and disunity". "Wicked sowers" are people who who have "obstinate personalities" and "operate in perversity and are self-willed".
A "sower of discord" rarely listens to reason or the voice of wise persuasion, despite every effort on the part of the concerned person to induce them to do right. The "wicked sower" speaks concerning his neighbor in secret." If any man has any good to say of another, they will be likely to say it openly; if he has any evil to say, it will more than likely to be said to someone else in secret. To speak in secret of anyone many times comes to mean that the motive behand the secret talk most of the time is to ridicule, defame or slander someone else".
How are we to treat a person that sows discord among the brethren?
[Deuteromony 13:13 implies that we are to treat them as a "worthless individual". Their lives paint a portriats of the kind of people who is not to be trusted, whose very" looks, mannerisms and gestures" warns us against communing with them. The reasons are many, but for one, their speech is torturous and crafty. It's hard to put any credence in anything they might say. The winking of their eyes to you signals that the victim is already snared. Their gestures with the feet and hands are half in deceit, and half in mockery as they try to convince you that what they are saying about the other person (s) is true.
God compared them to the children of Belial (Satan) . They are "wicked people", that make a trade of doing evil, especially with their evil speaking, for they walk and work their designed mayhem with a "froward mouth" (v. 12), by lying and speaking perverseness, and standing a direct opposition to God and their fellow man. The "wicked sower" will say anything and do everything "artfully" and with an evil design. They have the "subtlety" of the serpent (Devil), waiting and plotting, seizing the right moment to carrying on their evil projects with shrewedness, using their eyes, feet, and motions with their fingers. They express their malice and jealousy even when they dares not speak out publicly. (some of them that is) Sometimes, they will employ others who are either just as perverse or someone in" innocence and unsuspecting" to carry out their sinister plot.
Those about them, whom he makes use of as many of the tools of their wickedness, usually have to wait for the "wicked sower" to give a signal, understanding the "ill meaning" behind a wink of the eye, a stomp of the feet, the suttle motion of the fingers. The "wicked sower" has ways of concealing what they do, so that they may not be suspected. They are cunning. They have a language of their own. which an honest person is not acquainted with, nor desires to be associated with. They sow evil seeds out of spite and with ill will in design. It's not done so much because of ambition or because of covetousness in their heart, but moreso out of pure malice and frowardness. The aim's not so much to enrich and advance themself as to do an ill turn to those about him. They continually devising one mischief or other, purely for mischief-sake—a pure trait of the Devil himself, man of Belial indeed!
King Solomon, the man that God filled with wisdom for heaven offers a sure fire remedy for anybody who needs to transformed from a life filled with wickedness to a life of holiness in the Lord Jesus Christ: In Prov 4:19-27, Solomon makes the following appeal:
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Jesus made the following life changing appeals: "Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." "You have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. "According to his abundant mercy he has begotten us again unto a lively hope." "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever." "Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." "The Lord tries the righteous: but the wicked his soul hates."
From the book entitled: " The Call to the Unconverted" , Author Richard Baxter wrote the following witness appeal:
Men and Brethren,
" The eternal God, that made you for a life everlasting, and has redeemed you by his only Son when you had lost it and yourselves, being mindful of you in your sin and misery, hath indited the gospel, and sealed it by his Spirit, and commanded his ministers to preach it to the world, that pardon being freely offered you, and heaven been set before you he might call you off from your fleshly pleasures, and from following after this deceitful world, and acquaint you with the life that you were created and redeemed for, before you are dead and past remedy. He sends you not prophets or apostles that receive their message by immediate revelation; but yet he calls you by his ordinary ministers, who are commissioned by him to preach the same gospel which Christ and his apostles first delivered.
The Lord sees how you forget him and your latter end, and how light you make of everlasting things, as men that understand not what they have to do or suffer. He sees how bold you are in sin, and how fearless of his threatenings, and how careless of your souls, and how the works of infidels are in your lives, while the belief of Christians is in your mouths. He sees the dreadful day at hand, when your sorrows will begin, and you must lament all this with fruitless cries in torment and desperation; and then the remembrance of your folly will tear your hearts, if true conversion now prevent it not.
In compassion of your sinful miserable souls the Lord, that better knows your case than you can know it, has made it our duty to speak to you in his name, 2 Cor 5:19, and to tell you plainly of your sin and misery, and what will be your end, and how sad a change you will shortly see, if yet you go on a little longer. Having bought you at so dear a rate as the blood of his Son Jesus Christ, and made you so free and general a promise of pardon, and grace, and everlasting glory, he commands us to tender all this to you as the gift of God, and to entreat you to consider of the necessity and worth of what he offers. He sees and pities you, while you are drowned in worldly cares and pleasures, and eagerly following childish toys, and wasting that short and precious time for a thing of nought, in which you should make ready for an everlasting life.
And therefore he has commanded us to call after you, and tell you how you lose your labour, and are about to lose your souls, and to tell you what greater and better things you might certainly have if you would hearken to his Call'.