What Makes People Enemies

An enemy is defined as a foe, an adversary. Nations have enemies and people have enemies. When nations have enemies they usually go to war. When people have enemies usually they have a hatred or extreme dislike for someone but they do not physically harm each other, although there are exceptions.

Did you ever ask yourself why you have the friends you have? What is it about your friends that made you decide to call them your friend? And what about your enemies? What is it about your enemies that made you decide they are not your friend, but an enemy, a foe?

What makes someone a foe, an enemy? Enemies fight over religious matters, over land, over “things”. But enemies also fight over jealousy just like Lucifer / Satan did with God. Clearly Lucifer / Satan was jealous of God and took one third of the angels and tried to overthrow God as Isaiah 14:12-16; Ezekiel 28:13-18; Jude 6, 7 and other scriptures say. We know Lucifer failed  and we know God delivers his people –
2 Peter 2:1-6 KJV  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
[2] And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
[3] And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
[4] For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
[5] And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person , a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
[6] And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”

With nations, usually one nation wars against another nation and to the victor go the spoils. The old British Empire use to conquer the land and possess the land. The old British Empire use to be much larger than it is today.

Sometimes nations want more land and like World War II,  Germany marched across Europe trying to conquer the land. And America was minding their own business when Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor, drawing America into WW II. But unlike the British Empire, America did not take the land of other nations. America did not take the spoils or conquer and take the land of Japan or Europe. And now America, Japan and Europe are friends.

As nations want more –  more land, more resources, more wealth, some nations will try to steal from others causing a war or making enemies. But with individuals, it becomes more personal.

People become enemies over jealousy, over words, over family members or friends being hurt emotionally or physically. And some people hate people for no reason. Scripture says people hated Jesus without a cause. And even today, people hate people and Jesus, without a cause. Scripture foretold the people would hate Jesus without a cause and when it came to pass, Jesus reminded the people, it was prophesied they would hate him without a cause proving God’s word to be true.

Psalm 35:19-20 KJV  “Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
[20] For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.”

Psalm 69:4 KJV  “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.”

John 15:25 KJV  “But this cometh to pass , that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.”

Human nature gets jealous, envious and greedy. These are all attributes of the soul ( the mind, will and emotions ). But to live in the spirit is where and how people forgive others. And Jesus tells us we overcome evil with good. Yes, there will be people that hate you for no reason. They hate your success, your faith, your life and usually it is jealousy that causes them to hate you. How should we handle them? Teach them.

Just giving things to people does not always help them. Sure, people have immediate needs, but teach them how to use their God given talents to better their life and you make a friend, not an enemy. And yes, there will be those who hate you for your success. Pray for them. Until next time.

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