To say they were enemies is not even sufficientA to express the deep animosity they felt for each other. They have deep issues with each other, holding resentments, grievances, complaints, and grudges that go way back in timeA and have very deep roots. Instead of letting go of the offense, they became divided, hostile, and fiercely opposed toA  each other. I realize your flesh wants your offender to feel bad, to emotionally suffer, to be paid back for his actions.
Even if your flesh does finally rally around to offer a very weak version of forgiveness, it will probably still try to inflict a little punishment on your offender. Once they congregate, discuss the issues, and concur about their political views, they then proceed to build a platform from which they can promote their own political agenda. Once the agenda is decided upon and the competition has begun, the fighting can be fierce.A As you are well aware, political races can become very ugly. False representations are sometimes publicized by opponents who wish to discredit their contenders. As unfortunate as this behavior is for people who are runningfor public office, it has been this way since ancient Greek and Roman times, and it will continue to be this way because this is the nature of the flesh!A When Paul writes to us, he uses this word eris to depict how flesh erupts to divide families, destroy relationships, ruin churches, and pull apart people who once stood side by side. Those whoA have been offended are drawn like a magnet to others who have been offended or who feel hurt.
OnceA they discuss their feelings and realize they have similar stories or opinions, it isna€™t too long before theyA start thinking they are right and everyone else is wrong!


But the flesh simply hates to surrender or compromiseA a€” to admit it is wrong or to let someone else be right. This word a€?emulationsa€? is not used much in our contemporary world, so what does it mean?
The word a€?emulationsa€? comes from the Greek word zelos, which often denotes enthusiasm, fervor, passion, devotion, or an eagerness to achieve something. After seeing him richly rewarded over and over again by his father, they couldna€™t bear it any longer. Rather than rejoice that their younger brotherA was so loved, they cringed every time Joseph received a blessing. Unfortunately, it will usually move you to do things that are hurtful or that you will later regret. Rather than take the offense to the Cross and deal with it there, they choose instead to meditateA on the perceived offense. They know if they dona€™t do something quick to restrain themselves, theyA are going to say or do something really ugly a€” so they shove it back down deep inside in an attemptA to keep it under control. But if those angry emotions were never properly dealt with in the first place,A one day something will happen that triggers their release.A Perhaps this has happened to you.
If so, you may think those vile emotions are gone, but ifA you never let the Lord really deal with them or the situation that created them, they are still lying dormant inside you, just waiting for the right moment to be released.
Finally, when that person who made you angry in the first place does something to make you angry again, it will be like someone opens a door on the inside of you, releasing a flood of vile and rank emotions that immediately rise to the surface!


Thata€™s when youa€™ll come unglued, saying things you later regret and speaking in tones you should never use!A The word thumos perfectly illustrates the way the flesh tries to deal with problems. You may think that the matter is over, but the truth is, those issues are simmeringA and waiting for the moment of eruption. Even though the flesh is attempting to avoid confrontation,A in the end its eruption creates a confrontation more scorching and hurtful than ever. Go to the Lord andA confess that you have allowed these fleshly works to operate in your life. Hatred, variance, emulations, andA wrath are so hurtful to my heart and destructive to my relationships.
Goda€™s SpiritA dwells in me and helps me keep these fleshly attitudes out of my heart so I can stay free. If you did nothing to let them know you were sorry, what do you think you should have done?
If someone did that to you, what would you expect thatperson to do or say to make it right with you?A 3.



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