H. Those who highlight and verbalize the defects of others to you in order to cause division between you and them, are in fact the enemies of God.
I. Proverbs 6:16 & 19 say, “These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination to him:” “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
J. The spiritual Christian will forgive and restore the one who has offended.
K. The carnal Christian thrives on the offenses of others; using them to cause divisions between brothers and sisters; and in so doing, becomes an abomination to God and an enemy of what He is trying to accomplish in His church.
L. Divisions, then, are clear indicators that carnal Christians are at work in the church.
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