Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Do you find it interesting that the Lord lists six things He hates - pride, lying, murder, a wicked heart/mind, mischief makers and amongst them he adds "he that soweth discord among brethren"? So think twice before you go to your friend on the pew beside you at church and talk about that woman on the other side of the church! (Or whoever it is you're talking about.) First of all it's gossip (Proverbs 18:8 & 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Yes, those verses both say the same thing!) But, it also plants a seed in your "friend's" mind that will lead to more negative thoughts, and possibly cause her to say something to someone else = sowing discord.