Theme: AVOIDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Text: “A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.” – Proverbs 16:28.
Comment: A froward person is one who speaks perverse things contrary to reason, who is difficult to deal with, who is stubborn or disobedient. He has a deviant spirit and is contrary to all men in his principles and practices. Such a man sows discord and strife wherever he is – in families, neighbourhoods, in churches and work places, etc. A whisperer is one who goes about carrying tales, whispering falsehood and lies into the ears of persons about the character of other people. Such conduct separates friends, even friends who have been intimate for years. They are also capable of separating husbands from their wives. In churches, they cause division among brethren. This is very unchristian and is an abomination in the sight of God. “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19) The Bible says “Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.” – Isaiah 33:1.