Friday, November 13, 2009

Stirring the Pot

Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12
It doesn't matter how you try to mask it. 
It doesn't matter how you try to hide it. 
You know the moment you walk in a home if the cookies have been burnt.  For the moment, forget my love for cookies.  There is something about the smell of burnt cookies that makes the face squirm.  That smell causes an almost instantaneous... and unfavorable reaction.
Like the smell of burnt cookies, hatred causes some rather unwholesome effects.  Among them are stirring up dissension.  One of the seven things the Lord hates in Proverbs 6:16 - 19 is "a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
While one man in this proverb is seeking to destroy, another is seeking to encourage and restore for, "love covers over all wrongs."
When faced with the choice, always choose restoration over destruction.  That is what God the Father chose in sending His Son.

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