The Description Of a Person Who Stirs up Strife

I sometimes get this question put to me, concerning certain worldly amusements, “May I do so-and-so?” I am very sorry whenever anyone asks me that question, because it shows that there is something wrong, or it would not be raised at all. If a person’s conscience lets h … More

Worldliness

The danger of an evil companion is pointed out. His actions contradict what he says. He plans evil actions so that you will not be aware of his intentions until it is too late. In the process of causing others to fall he will bring disaster on himself and his downfall will be quick, complete and certain.

Five detestable characteristics of this worldly person’s activities are listed. They are as follows:

  1. Sin of attitude - “a proud look” (v. 17a).
  2. Sin of thought - “wicked imaginations” (v. 18a).
  3. Sin of speech - “a lying  tongue"  (v.17b)"a false witness” (v. 19).
  4. Sin of action - “shed  innocent blood” (v. 17c) “running to mischief” (v. 18b)
  5. Sin of influence - “soweth discord” (v. 19b)

In no uncertain terms it is made evident that God hates these proceeding items. In the process this person uses the various parts of his body (heart, mouth, lips, eyes, tongue, hands and feet) in a  way that God had never intended and in direct violation to the various commands of Scripture.

Application

I must remember that I am born with a sinful nature and that the only way I can be kept from these hateful ways is to be saved by the blood of Christ. Then I must experience the daily cleansing of His Word (I John 1:9). A good question to ask is - am I harboring any of these vices?

Proverbs 6:12-19 (English Standard Version)

A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

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