“…The LORD hates… one who sows discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16a, 19b NKJV)
In this passage, we find a few sinful attributes that the Lord hates. At the end of the section, we see two types of people the Lord hates: false witnesses and troublemakers. It actually says that God hates people who “stir up conflict in a community.” (NIV)
“…He who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.” (Galatians 5:10 NKJV)
When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he sought to address an issue that had arisen: someone was causing trouble by teaching the Christians that they should be keeping the law (specifically, that the men should be circumcised). With apostolic authority, Paul urges the church to have nothing to do with these legalistic teachers, promising that the teachers would bear their own judgment.
Let’s seek to stay in God’s love by promoting unity, rather than discord, in our churches and communities.