“…and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.” (Proverbs 6:19b)
In today’s section of Proverbs 6 we see two topics being discussed. The first was a description of a malicious man. The second was a list of seven character traits that are detestable to God. How are we going to find any encouragement from today’s passage? There was one similarity in both sections and that was the trait of stirring up trouble. We all know someone that can be characterized as one who stirs up trouble (maybe you were once that type of person before coming to Christ). Maybe it was one of your buddies who tried to instigate trouble in whatever extracurricular activities your group of friends did. Maybe it was the one classmate in your group who kept being negative and opposed to every suggestion of what to brainstorm for your final group project.
God is trying to show us that our influence on others is powerful. We can use our influence to bring life or death. 2 Corinthians 2: 14-16 reads, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Christ’s triumphal procession and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life.” How can you redeem your influence for God and be the aroma of Christ to those in your family, in your spheres of friendship, and in your workplace and community? Let’s look for ways to bring hope to people when everyone around you are discouraged. Let’s look for ways to bring people together to love and help one another because Christ did that for us. God has you strategically placed in your family, friendships, workplace, and community for such a time as this. How will you use your influence to make a difference through your words, thoughts, and actions? Let’s use our influence to point people to Jesus Christ, the One who gives us eternal hope, peace, and love.