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Under Gods Command

Romans 14:13 therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

Bothe strong and weak Christians can cause their brothers and sisters to stumble. The strong but insensitive Christian may flaunt his or her freedom and intentionally offend others’ consciences. The scrupulous but weak Christian may try to fence others in with petty rules and regulations, thus causing dissension. Paul wants his readers to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to others’ needs.

Lets Bring it home: Because we are all strong in some areas and weak in others, we need constantly to monitor the effects of our behaviors on others.


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs,    

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Carrying around hatred will just make you hate more, and add to issues.  The next time someone close to you does something to angry you.  Starts focusing on the love you have for that person, and let the Holy Sprit do the rest.  After a while, you should start forgetting about the sin that was done, and on the love you have for that person.


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs,

1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 25:9-10 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man’s confidence, or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.

Private and personal matters should stay private and personal. If you have an issue with a person, take care of it with them. No one else needs to know, and telling anyone else about it becomes the sins of backbiting and whispering. Not only should you keep this rule of wisdom yourself, you should strictly help others keep it also (25:23).

Here is rich wisdom. Here is plain condemnation of a very popular sin. Most men and women are so selfish and hateful, that they would rather broadcast their controversies with others, rather than deal with them in direct kindness. Much of the dissension and strife among men is caused by the frequent violation of this simple proverb (26:20).

Exposing private information about a person is to rape their reputation. It is a serious offence. It is summarized in the Ten Commandments by the sixth article, “Thou shalt not kill,” for any hateful activity toward another breaks this law (Matt 5:21-22). Only foolish or wicked people have no regard for the character or reputations of others.
The quantity and severity of warnings against this sin in the Bible prove how much God hates it. It is addressed in both testaments numerous times (Lev 19:16; Ps 15:3; Rom 1:29-30. And Solomon frequently condemned it in these Proverbs (11:13; 20:19; 26:22).

There are two kinds of causes with your neighbor. Either they have offended you by an action of theirs, or you have offended them by an action of yours. In either case, the rule is the same: settle the matter directly with them. Do not spread any knowledge of the issue to anyone else. Both kindness and wisdom will keep the matter secret between you.

Jesus expanded this proverb beautifully. He taught very clearly your course of action when someone has offended you. He said, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother” (Matt 18:15). Note His careful wording that keeps the matter private.

He also taught very clearly your course of action when you have offended someone. He said, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matt 5:23-24).
If you do not have the glory to overlook the personal offences of others (19:11), at least show a little righteousness by keeping their offences between you and them (17:9).


Under Gods Command
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

Dissension is strife and where there is strife, there is hatred. Conflict cannot exist without hatred. And unless love prevails, the strife will get worse. Love does not fight – it covers offences and sins. It seeks peace and pursues it. It cannot tolerate strife; it tries to end it as soon as possible.
Strife, a word we do not use much today, means antagonism, enmity, discord, contention, or dispute. It is fighting and conflict. While it is godly to strive for truth against sin and error, here we have personal strife caused by the hatred of those who do not practice love. Notice the word practice.
Where there is envy, strife, enmity, conflict, or tension, all you need do is look a little deeper to find one or both parties guilty of hatred. Fighting and antagonism does not and cannot exist where each person is practicing Christian compassion, or love.
Compassion forgives sins and forgets sins, just as the Lord forgives and forgets them. Love hides and conceals sins under the same forgiving cover that Christ provides every saint. This is covering sin, and it is a rule of life for saints of the most High. But hatred, growing from anger and pride, loves to dig up evil, spread evil reports, and create strife and trouble.
What if a person says, “Oh, how I love Jesus,” but they stir up trouble, do not forgive personal offences, ignore repentance, and reveal sins to others? They are lying hypocrites, for the Bible says they are murdering descendants of Cain (1 John 3:10-15).
Let us take on the character of our Lord Jesus, who came into the world to save sinners. He has no use for the self-loving “righteous,” for He knows the blackness of their hearts. Let us choose to forgive and cover sins in love, so that we might easily and honestly pray, “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Our lesson here is the basis for true peace – love. Where there is strife, contention, and tension, there is hatred lurking behind the false handshakes and lying words of murderers. It is our wisdom to live this lesson ourselves, avoid those wicked persons, and train such evil out of our children. Let us be the greatest peacemakers in the world by practicing the wisdom of this proverb. May the Lord Jesus grant us the grace and wisdom for the task.