How should I deal with my own hostilities? - Hostility - TouchPoints

How should I deal with my own hostilities?

Colossians 3:8But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

Ephesians 4:31Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior.

Ephesians 4:26-27And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.

Psalm 37:8Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others— it only leads to harm.

Proverbs 14:29Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes.

Proverbs 15:1A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.

Proverbs 19:11People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.

Proverbs 29:11A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.

Ecclesiastes 7:9Don’t be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.

Psalm 4:4Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude

James 1:19-20My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.

Recognizing our anger and the dangers that can come from it is critical. While angry, it’s wise to hold off on speaking too quickly or taking actions we may later regret. Prayer can help us clear our thoughts and honor God with our actions.

Leviticus 19:18Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

1 Corinthians 13:5Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

Proverbs 24:29And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for all their meanness to me! I’ll get even!”

Romans 12:17, 19Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable . . . Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord.

1 Peter 2:12-17, 23Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world . . . Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king . . . He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

1 Peter 3:9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-7and in his justice he will punish those who persecute you. And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels,

The temptation in a hostile situation is to retaliate, to get revenge. But revenge never makes things even, for one person always owes the other just one more.

Luke 6:27-36But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

2 Corinthians 2:5-11I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me. He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him. Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won’t be able to recover. Now show him that you still love him.

1 Thessalonians 5:15See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else.

Proverbs 11:17Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.

Matthew 5:38-42You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.’ But I say, don’t resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too. If you are ordered to court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

Mark 11:25But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

Be loving, kind, and forgiving—then watch hostility soften.