What does the Bible say about people who cause discord?
The Bible has a lot to say about causing discord among people. Most are found in Proverbs. It may be causing conflicts, strife, fights, discord or divisions between people. Let’s see what causes these problems between groups of people and what we can do about it. This will work in any area of life.
1. In Proverbs 6: 12-19 we have a description of a person causing discord followed by seven things that God hates. Verse 15 tells what happens to people who live this kind of lifestyle.
2. We find in Proverbs 15: 18a that “An angry man stirs up strife.”
3. In Proverbs 16: 28a we are told “The wicked sow strife.”
4. Proverbs 22:10 says: “Cast out the scoffer, and strife will come out; yea, strife and reproach will cease.”
5. Proverbs 26:20 tells us that a “gossip” causes strife.
6. Proverbs 28:25 a says that a proud-hearted person stirs up strife.
7. Proverbs 29:22 a says that an angry man stirs up strife.
So we can see that a person who causes discord through strife and division has a spiritual problem. Such a person is a mocker, a gossiper, angry, proud, wicked, irate, wicked, hateful in spirit. This person is not happy if people get along. It constantly causes people to fight each other.
This happens in all areas of life. You see it in community meetings, churches, businesses, schools. There are some people who have a spirit of division that drives them to bring discord to groups of people. You may have seen people like that. They are not happy when everything is going well. If these people have a hidden agenda, it is bad news for the social order.
God wants us to have an orderly society. He wants this for us in all areas of our life. We are sinners by nature. We are selfish. Our carnal spirit is at war with God. God could have destroyed the entire human race in the great Genesis flood. He saved a family of eight to repopulate the land. It wasn’t long before the human race rebelled again against God at the tower of Babel. Right now, most of the people on this planet are at war with God. This war against God has brought chaos to many.
In Proverbs 6:19 we read two things that God hates. It says: “The false witness who speaks lies, and the one who sows discord between brothers.” In Luke 22:24 we find the disciples fighting over who will be the greatest in the kingdom of God. Romans 13:13 tells us to walk “honestly.” We must not walk in “riots and drunkenness, not in camera and debauchery, not in strife and envy.” 1 Corinthians 3: 3 tells us that “envy, strife, and division” is a sign that we are carnal. Galatians 5:20 lists strife as one of the works of the flesh. In Philippians 2: 3 we are exhorted to do nothing out of “contention or boastfulness; rather, with humility of spirit, let us esteem one another better than ourselves.” In 1 Timothy 6: 3-6 we are shown why the contention is in Christian fellowship and what to do about it. James tells us in James 3:14 that if we have “bitter envy and strife” in our “heart”, “we must not lie against the truth.” Then he tells us in verse 16 that “where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work.”
There is a solution for all of this. When we have the peace of God in our hearts, what caused us to be contentious is removed. The only way this is going to happen is salvation from sin and sin through the Lord Jesus Christ.