What causes hostility? Where does it come from? - Hostility - TouchPoints

What causes hostility? Where does it come from?

Galatians 5:19-20When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results . . .

Sin creates hostility between us and others.

Romans 8:5-8Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit . . . For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

Sin creates hostility between us and God.

Genesis 49:6-7May I never join in their meetings; may I never be a party to their plans. For in their anger they murdered men, and they crippled oxen just for sport. A curse on their anger, for it is fierce; a curse on their wrath, for it is cruel. I will scatter them among the descendants of Jacob; I will disperse them throughout Israel.

For in their anger they murdered men, and they crippled oxen just for sport. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; cursed be their wrath, for it is cruel.

Genesis 4:5-8but he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected . . . Later Cain suggested to his brother, Abel, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were there, Cain attacked and killed his brother.

Judges 18:25The men of Dan said, “Watch what you say! There are some short-tempered men around here who might get angry and kill you and your family.”

Proverbs 29:22A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.

Proverbs 27:4Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but who can survive the destructiveness of jealousy?

Genesis 37:4But his brothers hated Joseph because of their father’s partiality. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.

Acts 17:5-7But the Jewish leaders were jealous, so they gathered some worthless fellows from the streets to form a mob and start a riot. They attacked the home of Jason, searching for Paul and Silas so they could drag them out to the crowd.

Genesis 27:41From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”

Esau hated Jacob because he had stolen his blessing, and he said to himself, “My father will soon be dead and gone. Then I will kill Jacob.”

A root source of hostility is sin in the form of a short-temper, anger, jealousy, and hatred.  These fuels feed the cycle of hostility. To prevent hostility, work to control and defuse anger, release jealousy, and pursue forgiveness. On your own, you may not be able to completely end the hostility in a relationship, but you will hinder its growth. In time, that may inspire others to do the same.

John 15:18-19, 21When the world hates you, remember it hated me before it hated you. The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don’t. I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you . . . The people of the world will hate you because you belong to me, for they don’t know God who sent me.

2 Timothy 3:12Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

1 Peter 4:15-16If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name!

1 John 3:13, 15So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you . . .

Mark 13:13 And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:9Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to me.

Luke 12:51-53From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or the other way around. There will be a division between father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.

Acts 9:1-2Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord’s followers, so he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

Following Jesus in a world that follows Satan causes hostility. Those who hate Jesus will also hate his followers.  As followers of Christ, we must not respond to that hostility in kind. Satan is our enemy—not the people he torments and twists into his pawns. Our purpose on this earth is to lead others to God in love. If we respond to hostility with hostility, we only push people further away from the One we claim to follow.

Lamentations 3:52My enemies, whom I have never harmed, hunted me down like a bird.

Psalm 55:3My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.

Psalm 69:4Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs on my head. These enemies who seek to destroy me are doing so without cause. They attack me with lies, demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

Psalm 109:3They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason.

Psalm 27:12Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.

Hostility can also be unjust, without a specific identifiable cause. But this should not be surprising in a world that has rejected God.