HOSTILITY UNVEILED

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Hostility unveiled is rapidly being increased in the hour in which we live.  Hostility is animosity towards one who is perceived as a foe; a state of deep-seated ill-will towards another, no longer veiled but openly proclaimed towards one's intended victim.

It is sad to see a country so divided that its seat of government has hostility; with an unfriendliness that will not allow normal state of affairs to be conducted.  Scripture does not support such an avenue of hatred but rather:  How good and how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1).

A warning is given in Scripture concerning hostility being exercised instead of unity:  Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25).  (Comment)


HOSTILITY UNVEILED
MAINSTREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA

There is hostility being unveiled, through mainstream and social media, that affords an individual opportunity to promote their agenda whether it is healthy or not. 

There is an onrush of activity to promote ungodliness which will do nothing but incur God's Wrath.  Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).

VICIOUSNESS THAT GOES
BEYOND REASONABLE PERSUASION

There are instances in God's Word where hostility unveiled comes into focus; oftentimes unjustified.  A similarity exists today but with the voices of opposition being so boisterous that they outweigh those who would attempt to oppose them (Matthew 27:22-23). 

There are many once godly nations that have allowed the hostility of ungodliness to prevail rather than set one's house in order.  There is a viciousness that goes beyond reasonable persuasion.  The traits of hostility are confrontation, contention, controversy, hatred, strife; oftentimes resulting in a war of words.  Such is in opposition to the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in God's Word:  Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith (Galatians 5:22).

WORKS OF THE FLESH

Hostility unveiled results in the works of the flesh revealed in God's Word:  Hatred, variance (being at odds with one another), emulations (or jealousies), envying, and revelings.  Unless a change of heart (or repentance) comes in the forefront:  They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

We are seeing these characteristics displayed along with hostility unveiled in the world today.  There is little sign of reprieve, but rather an increase in its ungodly flow, with few to stand in the gap for the land (Ezekiel 22:30).

TIME OF RECONCILIATION

You were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now reconciled (Colossians 1:21).  A reconciliation bringing those who were at odds with one another; into a peaceful, proper relationship with God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and mankind as a whole.

A Bible commentary noted:  These were alienated from the fountain of moral and spiritual life; drawing further and further from God.  They were enemies to God's intent for mankind, changing His decrees with unrighteousness.  They became enemies of God, living in malice, in need of enlightenment.  Then renovation of the heart begin; a solution to remove enmity in the heart of man.

SHALL THE SWORD DEVOUR

Shall the sword devour forever?  Know you not that it will be bitterness in the latter end (2 Samuel 2:26)?  The prophet Samuel was calling for an end to the bitter conflict of the Israelites who were fighting against one another.

We see this happening today, in the bitter controversy taking place, not only in the governmental role but in the battle of good and evil being weighed?  There seemingly is no end unless the love of God returns.

Abraham Lincoln stated:  We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God

SOUND OF THE TRUMPET

With the question "Shall the sword devour forever" an answer is revealed:  So the trumpet was blown, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more (2 Samuel 2:28). 

Immediately when they heard the sound of the trumpet they left off their pursuit.  Neither battled anymore.  A peaceful solution came rather than hostility unveiled.  Would this not be beneficial to any nation?  Would it not be a blessing to see unity rather than division; that the traits of hostility, previously mentioned, no longer be the norm?

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children (or sons) of God (Matthew 5:20).  In the world today we are seeing many struggle towards a peaceful solution to complex problems at hand.

True peacemakers are first at peace with God; then desire to live at peace with all men (Romans 5:1).  This peace enables them to be ambassadors of God's message to a troubled world.  In hostility unveiled there is no such peace; for it is the furthers thing from one's mind, with hatred and dissension being the norm of the day.

HATRED RATHER THAN
RECONCILIATION

We are seeing a fresh outpouring of hatred, not reconciliation, unfolding before our eyes.  This has been ripened through mainstream and social media.  These weapons of warfare can effectively destroy the concept of peaceful solutions. 

Hostility unveiled involves ill-will, hatred, and strife; which is not God's desire for mankind.  Scripture reveals that God's love for the world involved the sacrificial giving of His only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).  The latter part of this verse is not God's desire, but of one's own doing, in refusing to accept God's reconciliation of mankind, through His Son, that one might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

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